As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) in this article.
ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. PLUS was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with PLUS holdings 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 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS), Avianca Holdings SA (ADR) (NYSE:AVH), and WCI Communities Inc (NYSE:WCIC) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action surrounding ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS).
How have hedgies been trading ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 14% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in ePlus Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS). Royce & Associates has an $12.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Legg Mason Capital Management, with a $7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.