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Five9 Inc (NASDAQ:FIVN) was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. FIVN has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with FIVN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FIVN to other stocks including Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK), Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE:DEL), and CF Corp (NASDAQ:CFCO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Five9 Inc (NASDAQ:FIVN)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 44% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in FIVN at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital has the biggest position in Five9 Inc (NASDAQ:FIVN), worth close to $21.9 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, holding a $19.5 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and Mark Coe’s Coe Capital Management. 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.