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Is Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW) a great investment now? Hedge funds are definitely getting less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund positions suffered a reduction of 1 in recent months. LLNW was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with LLNW positions at the end of the June quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LLNW to other stocks including MiX Telematics Ltd – ADR (NYSE:MIXT), Charter Financial Corp (NASDAQ:CHFN), and Transenterix Inc (NYSEMKT:TRXC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 11% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in LLNW over the last 5 quarters, which has fallen by 33% during that time. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW). Renaissance Technologies has a $4.3 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $3 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Harvey Partners, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors. We should note that Harvey Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.