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Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. BRKS was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with BRKS positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BRKS to other stocks including HudBay Minerals Inc Ord Shs (NYSE:HBM), Himax Technologies, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HIMX), and ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s go over the key action surrounding Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS).
How are hedge funds trading Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 10% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in BRKS over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Brooks Automation, Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS), worth close to $36.9 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holding an $11.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.