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RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. RPXC was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with RPXC 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 Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI), AtriCure Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC), and Armstrong Flooring Inc (NYSE:AFI) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s analyze the fresh action encompassing RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC).
What have hedge funds been doing with RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 18% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in RPXC over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners has the biggest position in RPX Corp (NASDAQ:RPXC), worth close to $38.4 million, amounting to 9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, holding a $25.4 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish consist of D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ari Zweiman’s 683 Capital Partners and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Mangrove Partners and 683 Capital Partners) 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.