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Does Vicor Corp (VICR) Represent a Good Investment ?

At Insider Monkey, we pore over the filings of more than 700 top investment firms every quarter, a process we have now completed for the latest reporting period. The data we’ve gathered as a result gives us access to a wealth of collective knowledge based on these firms’ portfolio holdings as of September 30. In this article, we will use that wealth of knowledge to determine whether or not Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) makes for a good investment right now.

Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) 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 Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK), Sangamo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO), and Donegal Group Inc (NASDAQ:DGICA) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to view the new action regarding Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 8% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exist a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management has the biggest position in Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR), worth close to $6.2 million, corresponding to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Manatuck Hill Partners, led by Mark Broach, holding a $2 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Adam Usdan’s Trellus Management Company.

Judging by the fact that Vicor Corp (NASDAQ: VICR) has experienced a decline in interest from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies that slashed their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management dumped the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds monitored by Insider Monkey, comprising about $0.3 million in stock. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s fund, Arrowstreet Capital, also dumped its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 fund last quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR). These stocks are Blue Hills Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BHBK), Sangamo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO), Donegal Group Inc (NASDAQ:DGICA), and Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB). This group of stocks’ market valuations resembles Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR)’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
BHBK 10 25050 0
SGMO 19 66422 -3
DGICA 6 5583 1
CACB 6 83032 -1

As you can see, these stocks had an average of 10 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $45 million. That figure was $15 million in Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR)’s case. Sangamo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand, Donegal Group Inc (NASDAQ:DGICA) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Although Vicor Corp (NASDAQ: VICR) is not the most popular stock among the ones in this group, it seems that hedge funds are quite interested in it. Even though this is a positive indication, we think that there are better choices for good investments. In this particular group, it is obvious that the best choice for a long position is Sangamo Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO).

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