You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. 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 Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR), Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX), and ON Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ:ON) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD).
What have hedge funds been doing with Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, holds the largest position in Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD). AQR Capital Management has a $127 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $67.6 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.