Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) .
NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. NPTN shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with NPTN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Spok Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:SPOK), Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV), and Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NPTN over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Mike Masters’ Masters Capital Management has the number one position in NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN), worth close to $16.3 million. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, holding a $14.1 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.