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Hedge Funds Were Buying Clearfield, Inc. (CLFD) On The Dip

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After spiking in late-July, shares of Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) trended down for the rest of the third quarter and ended the period down by nearly 16%. That didn’t stop the investors tracked by Insider Monkey from adding more taking up more positions in the stock. CLFD was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with CLFD holdings at the end of the second quarter. The value of their collective positions also witnessed a slight uptick, despite the aforementioned decline in shares during that period.

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 Old Second Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:OSBC), Affimed NV (NASDAQ:AFMD), and Stonegate Mortageg Corp (NYSE:SGM) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the recent action encompassing Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD).

Hedge fund activity in Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD)

At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 40% jump from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), worth close to $6 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, with a $1.6 million position; the mutual fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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