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Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT) has seen a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. CVT was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with CVT positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CVT to other stocks including TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC), Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), and Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 25% drop from the previous quarter, giving up most of the gains of the prior quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CVT 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 publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Tom Sandell’s Sandell Asset Management has the largest position in Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT), worth close to $24.7 million, amounting to 6.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Derek C. Schrier of Indaba Capital Management, with a $18.7 million position; the fund has 7.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Simon Davies’ Sand Grove Capital Partners, and Gordy Holterman and Derek Dunn’s Overland Advisors. 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.
Since Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT) has experienced a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, we can see that there were a few money managers that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. Interestingly, John Orrico’s Water Island Capital cashed in the largest investment of all the hedgies studied by Insider Monkey, totaling about $76.1 million in stock. Robert Emil Zoellner’s fund, Alpine Associates, also cut its stock, about $47.5 million worth.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT) but similarly valued. These stocks are TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC), Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS), Meritage Homes Corp (NYSE:MTH), and Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to CVT’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $156 million. That figure was $115 million in CVT’s case. Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard TSRA might be a better candidate to consider taking a long position in.