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Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN) holdings 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 Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM), Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN), and EXCO Resources Inc (NYSE:XCO) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the recent action regarding Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN).
Hedge fund activity in Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN)
At the end of Q3, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 14% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s mutual fund, Royce & Associates, has the largest position in Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN), worth close to $6.3 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’ heels is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which holds a $2 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. The remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies, Adam Usdan’s Trellus Management Company and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.