At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT) was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. PFPT has seen an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with PFPT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PFPT to other stocks including Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA), Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD), and Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 35% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, holds the number one position in Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT). Millennium Management has a $37.4 million position in the stock. On Millennium Management’s heels is Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley of Polar Capital, with a $31.2 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Glen Kacher’s Light Street Capital and Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors.