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Are Hedge Funds Betting on GoPro’s Acquisition?

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Among the early movers today is GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), as the mountable camera maker’s stock has gained around 3% so far today, on a volume slightly above average. The stock’s appreciation comes on the back of a few comments regarding GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) by Northland Capital’s Gus Richard. Northland Capital reiterated its ‘Outperform’ rating and a price target of $80 and Richard has pointed out that GoPro’s nature of business could make it an acquisition target for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).

Today’s performance of GoPro’s stock was fueled also by the comments in a Wall Street Journal column by Dan Gallagher, who stated that at this valuation, the stock looks more attractive to investors, trading at a 16 times forward earnings.

The good news regarding GoPro’s potential is also supported by the hedge fund sentiment on the stock, which is very optimistic and does not fall in line with the stock’s performance, which suggests that the decline was an overreaction.

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Looking at the hedge fund sentiment towards GoPro Inc (NASDQAQ:GPRO) from the latest round of 13F filings, there were 21 hedge funds holding long positions worth $485.3 million at the end of June. However, the number of funds bullish on the company declined from 25 at the end of March, but the aggregate value of their holdings surged from $284.3 million amid a 21% increase of the stock. Moreover, it’s important to point out that investors from our database held over 10% of the company at the end of the second quarter.

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