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Is Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ:ASPS) a first-rate investment right now? Money managers are altogether betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund investments rose by 3 in recent months. ASPSwas in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with ASPS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ASPS to other stocks including Mechel OAO (ADR) (NYSE:MTL), H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:HEES), and Altisource Residential Corp (NYSE:RESI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the key action encompassing Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ:ASPS).
How have hedgies been trading Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ:ASPS)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 21% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ASPS over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find 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, Omega Advisors, led by Leon Cooperman, holds the biggest position in Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (NASDAQ:ASPS). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $71.9 million position in the stock, comprising 2.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Omega Advisors’s heels is CQS Cayman LP, led by Michael Hintze, holding a $12.2 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners. 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.