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Hedge Funds Are Buying Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM)

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After a lengthy stretch of outperformance, small-cap stocks suffered from July 2015 through June 2016, as heightened global economic fears led investors to flee to the safe havens of large-cap stocks and other instruments. Those stocks outperformed small-caps by about 10 percentage points during that time, with small-cap healthcare stocks being particularly hard hit. However, the tide has since turned in a big way, as evidenced by small-caps toppling their large-cap peers by 5 percentage points in the third quarter, and by another 5 percentage points in the first seven weeks of the fourth quarter. In this article, we’ll analyze how this shift affected hedge funds’ Q3 trading of Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. At the end of this article we will also compare AKAM to other stocks including WestRock Co (NYSE:WRK), Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD), and Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s analyze the latest action encompassing Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM).

How have hedgies been trading Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 20% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has the biggest position in Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), worth close to $269.5 million, comprising 2.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Clifton S. Robbins of Blue Harbour Group, with a $135.6 million position; 5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

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