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Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with LQDT positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LQDT to other stocks including Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSII), Rockwell Medical Inc (NASDAQ:RMTI), and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ:CLMT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the fresh action encompassing Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT).
How have hedgies been trading Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 8% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in LQDT over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), worth close to $14.7 million, corresponding to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, with a $8.8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.