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Is BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) a first-rate investment today? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 3 recently. BBRY was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with BBRY positions 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 Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT), Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN), and Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the recent action encompassing BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).
Hedge fund activity in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)
At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a jump of 15% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Fairfax Financial Holdings, managed by Prem Watsa, holds the biggest position in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). The fund reportedly has a $372.6 million position in the stock, comprising 33.6% of its 13F portfolio. On Fairfax Financial Holdings’s heels is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $149.9 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management, Irving Kahn’s Kahn Brothers and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.