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Qualys Inc (QLYS), ServiceNow Inc (NOW) & Two Other Stocks: Should You Follow ShearLink Capital Into Its Four Top Tech Picks?

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Should you be interested in investing in Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS)ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW), Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), and  Cavium Inc (NASDAQ:CAVM)? One fund that is certainly bullish on these tech stocks is Vivek Mehta and Aaron Husock‘s ShearLink Capital.

ShearLink Capital had an equity portfolio that was worth $229.75 million at the end of June. With 13 ‘relevant’ positions in the companies that were worth $1 billion or more at the end of the second quarter, the fund had posted a weighted average return of 15.49%. It is worth mentioning that our measurements of the weighted average return may differ from the actual returns because we don’t factor in short positions, and some other instruments. Nevertheless, these measurements also give us a good idea of the fund’s investment skills.

Having this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the aforementioned fund’s top tech picks, and see what kind of returns they brought in the third quarter.

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We’ll start with a company that provides cloud-based security solutions, Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS), in which the fund lowered its stake by 10% to 988,243 shares during the second quarter. Lowering of the stake maybe was no the best move for the fund, seeing that the stock advanced by 28.1% in the third quarter. At the end of June, 13 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 30% from the previous quarter. More specifically, Alyeska Investment Group was the largest shareholder of Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS), with a stake worth $51.1 million reported as of the end of June. Trailing Alyeska Investment Group was Nokota Management, which amassed a stake valued at $44.3 million. Elliott Management, and Renaissance Technologies also held valuable positions in the company.

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Next in line is another company that offers cloud-based solutions, ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW), in which the fund decided to boost its stake by 56% to 379,227 shares worth $25.18 million during the second quarter. In the next three months, the stock advanced by 19.2%. ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) was included in the equity portfolio of 31 funds from our database at the end of June, while there were 28 hedge funds in our database with NOW holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The largest stake in ServiceNow Inc (NYSE:NOW) was held by Citadel Investment Group, which reported holding $201.9 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Criterion Capital with a $135.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Columbus Circle Investors, Alyeska Investment Group, and SRS Investment Management.

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