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Should You Avoid Aviat Networks Inc (AVNW)?

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Many investors, including Carl Icahn or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the third quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the concerns over Valeant’s drug pricing policy that led to an overall drop among pharma stocks. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW) changed recently.

Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The hedge fund sentiment echoed a similar sentiment as that of the trading behavior of Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW), as its stock was down 17.46% during the quarter. For a better understanding of the hedge fund behavior, we will cover hedge funds that held positions in the company, at the end of the third quarter.

At the end of this article, we will also compare Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW) to other stocks, including Carolina Bank Holding Inc. (NC) (NASDAQ:CLBH), Vericel Corp (NASDAQ:VCEL), and Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLUB) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to go over the key action regarding Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW).

How have hedgies been trading Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 17% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund and institutional investor database, Steel Partners, managed by Warren Lichtenstein, holds the number one position in Aviat Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AVNW). Steel Partners has a $8.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $3.8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies, Peter A. Wright’s P.A.W. CAPITAL PARTNERS, and David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management.

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