Do Hedge Funds Love Solazyme Inc (SZYM)?

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How do we determine whether Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

Hedge fund interest in Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:XIN), EXCO Resources Inc (NYSE:XCO), and LSI Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM).

What does the smart money think about Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged over the quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, John Burbank’s Passport Capital has the most valuable position in Solazyme Inc (NASDAQ:SZYM), worth close to $15.6 million, comprising 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds an $0.2 million call position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish consist of D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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