How do we determine whether Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.
Is Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) a sound investment right now? Prominent investors are selling. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings were cut by 5 lately. MANH was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with MANH holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MANH to other stocks including Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH), Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC (NYSEMKT:CQH), and Manpowergroup Inc (NYSE:MAN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a fall of 24% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in MANH at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH), worth close to $93.7 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, which holds a $26.4 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet 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.