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Avinger Inc (NASDAQ:AVGR) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. AVGR has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 3 hedge funds in our database with AVGR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AVGR to other stocks including Petroquest Energy Inc (NYSE:PQ), BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ:BSQR), and Juniper Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:JNP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to view the latest action encompassing Avinger Inc (NASDAQ:AVGR).
How are hedge funds trading Avinger Inc (NASDAQ:AVGR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 100% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 4 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AVGR heading into this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates holds the number one position in Avinger Inc (NASDAQ:AVGR). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $3.3 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Efrem Kamen’s Pura Vida Investments which holds a $2.7 million position. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, and Nathan Fischel’s DAFNA Capital Management. 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.