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Is Amaya Inc (NASDAQ:AYA) a bargain? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets grew by 1 in recent months. AYA was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with AYA positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AYA to other stocks including Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE:BIG), Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY), and Media General, Inc. (NYSE:MEG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the key action regarding Amaya Inc (NASDAQ:AYA).
How have hedgies been trading Amaya Inc (NASDAQ:AYA)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 6% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in AYA over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group, holds the largest position in Amaya Inc (NASDAQ:AYA). Odey Asset Management Group has a $163.9 million position in the stock, comprising 11.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital, which holds a $139.1 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish contain Dinakar Singh’s TPG-AXON Management LP, David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital and Jesse Ro’s Tiger Legatus 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.