Hedge Funds Are Dumping Acacia Research Corporation (ACTG)

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The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Is Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG) the right investment to pursue these days? The smart money is taking a pessimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions decreased by 5 in recent months. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as DTS Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSI), Gores Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:GRSHU), andBanc of California Inc. (NASDAQ:BANC) to gather more data points.

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In the 21st-century investor’s toolkit, there is a multitude of metrics market participants employ to appraise publicly traded companies. A duo of the most useful metrics is composed of hedge fund and insider trading activity. Our researchers have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the best hedge fund managers can outperform the market by a very impressive margin (see the details here).

Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the fresh action regarding Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG).

What have hedge funds been doing with Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -31% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exist a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Trigran Investments, managed by Douglas T. Granat, holds the most valuable position in Acacia Research Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTG). Trigran Investments has an $10.9 million position in the stock, comprising 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding an $5.6 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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