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Here’s What Hedge Funds Think About QuinStreet Inc (QNST)

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QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. Our calculations also showed that QNST isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to review the new hedge fund action encompassing QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST).

How are hedge funds trading QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST)?

At Q4’s end, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -4% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 17 hedge funds with a bullish position in QNST a year ago. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Among these funds, Private Capital Management held the most valuable stake in QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST), which was worth $62.6 million at the end of the fourth quarter. On the second spot was Park West Asset Management which amassed $33.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Driehaus Capital, PAR Capital Management, and Renaissance Technologies were also bullish on QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Since QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) has faced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies that decided to sell off their entire stakes in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP cut the largest investment of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, totaling about $3.8 million in stock. Noam Gottesman’s fund, GLG Partners, also dumped its stock, about $1.1 million worth. These moves are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds in the third quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) but similarly valued. These stocks are The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE), Tutor Perini Corp (NYSE:TPC), Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO), and Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to QNST’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
JOE 12 383512 -3
TPC 7 6806 0
CECO 22 125143 5
KELYA 10 12918 3
Average 12.75 132095 1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $132 million. That figure was $233 million in QNST’s case. Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Tutor Perini Corp (NYSE:TPC) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Unfortunately QNST wasn’t nearly as popular as these 15 stock and hedge funds that were betting on QNST were disappointed as the stock returned -16.8% and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds as 13 of these stocks already outperformed the market this year.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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