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RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. RNG was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with RNG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RNG to other stocks including Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT), DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE:DGI), and Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 11% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 26 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RNG heading into this year. So, let’s review 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, Columbus Circle Investors, led by Principal Global Investors, holds the largest position in RingCentral Inc (NYSE:RNG). Columbus Circle Investors has a $48.5 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Anand Parekh of Alyeska Investment Group, with a $33.4 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish encompass George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Dennis Puri and Oliver Keller’s Hunt Lane Capital. We should note that Hunt Lane Capital is 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.