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NetGear, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with NTGR positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR), Viavi Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:VIAV), and Caesars Acquisition Company (NASDAQ:CACQ) to gather more data points.
We follow over 700 hedge funds and other institutional investors and by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings, we identify stocks that they are collectively bullish on and develop investment strategies based on this data. One strategy that outperformed the market over the last year, involves selecting the 100 best-performing funds and identifying the 30 mid-cap stocks that they are collectively most bullish on. Over the past year, this strategy generated returns of 18%, topping the 8% gain registered by S&P 500 ETFs.
Now, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding NetGear, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR).
How have hedgies been trading NetGear, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 19% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NTGR 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in NetGear, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), worth close to $44.7 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $30.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish contain Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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.