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Hedge Funds Are Buying Johnson Outdoors Inc. (JOUT)

Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT) has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with JOUT holdings at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare JOUT to other stocks including Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN), Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), and Versartic Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT).

What does the smart money think about Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a boost of 50% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in JOUT over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the largest position in Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT). According to regulatory filings, the fund has an $8.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Algert Coldiron Investors, led by Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron, holding a $1.4 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital. 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.

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