There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Carl Icahn and George Soros think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other successful funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze Vascular Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC).
Vascular Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. VASC was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with VASC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VASC to other stocks including Fox Factory Holding Corp (NASDAQ:FOXF), SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC), and Wingstop Inc (NASDAQ:WING) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Vascular Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 25% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in VASC at the beginning of this year. 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Vascular Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:VASC). Renaissance Technologies has a $15.8 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, which holds a $10 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Paul Hondros’ AlphaOne Capital 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.