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Is ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors are undeniably becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund positions were trimmed by 6 in recent months. SCSCwas in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with SCSC 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 Brooks Automation, Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:BRKS), HudBay Minerals Inc Ord Shs (NYSE:HBM), and Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC).
How have hedgies been trading ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -35% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SCSC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, led by Richard S. Pzena, holds the number one position in ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC). Pzena Investment Management has a $39.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Pzena Investment Management’s heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $17.1 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.