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StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ:GASS) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TTPH), Calamos Asset Management, Inc (NASDAQ:CLMS), and Castle Brands Inc (NYSEAMEX:ROX) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ:GASS)
At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in GASS at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management has the number one position in StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ:GASS), worth close to $12.9 million, corresponding to 1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Glendon Capital Management, led by Matthew Barrett, holding a $8.5 million position; the fund has 2.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Jonathan Kolatch’s Redwood Capital Management, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Carl Goldsmith and Scott Klein’s Beach Point 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.