Do Hedge Funds Love IRIDEX Corporation (IRIX)?

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Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ:IRIX), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ:IRIX) was in 4 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. IRIX investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 2 hedge funds in our database with IRIX 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 Approach Resources Inc. (NASDAQ:AREX), First South Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSBK), and Magnum Hunter Resources Corp (NYSE:MHR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action regarding IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ:IRIX).

How are hedge funds trading IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ:IRIX)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 100% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the biggest position in IRIDEX Corporation (NASDAQ:IRIX). Renaissance Technologies has a $1.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Manatuck Hill Partners, led by Mark Broach, holding a $0.6 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Craig A. Drill’s Craig Drill Capital and Chao Ku’s Nine Chapters Capital Management.

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