After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT).
Verint Systems Inc. investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. At the end of this article we will also compare VRNT to other stocks including PBF Energy Inc (NYSE:PBF), AllianceBernstein Holding LP (NYSE:AB), and Platform Specialty Products Corp (NYSE:PAH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the key action surrounding Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT).
What does the smart money think about Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” 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, Blue Mountain Capital, managed by Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, holds the number one position in Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT). Blue Mountain Capital has a $72 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Blue Mountain Capital’s heels is Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, which holds a $58.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital, Michael Doheny’s Freshford Capital Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.