How Almost Family Inc (AFAM) Stacks Up Against Similarly Valued Stocks

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Almost Family Inc (NASDAQ:AFAM) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. AFAM was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with AFAM positions 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 Dorchester Minerals LP (NASDAQ:DMLP), Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LIND), and American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action surrounding Almost Family Inc (NASDAQ:AFAM).

What have hedge funds been doing with Almost Family Inc (NASDAQ:AFAM)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 7% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AFAM over the last 5 quarters. 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, North Tide Capital, led by Conan Laughlin, holds the number one position in Almost Family Inc (NASDAQ:AFAM). North Tide Capital has a $25.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. On North Tide Capital’s heels is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, which holds a $6.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.

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