Renaissance Technologies is a hedge fund based in New York City. Its clients are basically pooled investment vehicles as well as banking or thrift institutions and corporations interested in the American public equity markets. The fund has a quit diversified equity portfolio invested in information technology, finance, healthcare, consumer discretionary and staples sectors. Renaissance Technologies was founded in 1982 by Jim Simons, who has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the latest 13F filing reported to the SEC, the manager’s top three small-cap picks include: Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT), Cboe Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBOE) and Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBX).
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Jim Simons’s top small-cap pick is Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT), even if he cut off 103,600 shares of the stake, which contains 1.27 million shares, valued at more than $244 million as of the end of March. Allegiant Travel is a $2.70 billion company providing travel services and products from small cities to world-class destinations. For the first quarter of 2015, the company reported $329.2 million in operating revenue, which is 8.8% higher than for the same period of 2014, as well as a 89.8% increase on the year to $64.9 million in net income. The leisure travel company has recently launched some more low-cost nonstop flights within the country under its Allegiant Air carrier. Another important shareholder of Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT) among the funds we track is David E. Shaw‘s D. E. Shaw, who owns around 58,500 shares and holds ‘Put’ and ‘Call’ options underlying shares of Allegiant as of the end of March.