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Smart Money Is Gaining Confidence in Farmville Developer Zynga Inc (ZNGA)

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Is Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) a sound investment right now? The best stock pickers are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions moved up by 8 in recent months. ZNGA was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with ZNGA positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ZNGA to other stocks including Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (NASDAQ:ROIC), Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CORE), and Wageworks Inc (NYSE:WAGE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 40% jump from the second quarter of 2016, pushing ownership of the stock to its highest level in five quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, holds the most valuable position in Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA). Eminence Capital has a $167.2 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $57.5 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Ross Margolies’ Stelliam Investment Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Jacob Doft’s Highline Capital Management.

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