How QuinStreet Inc (QNST) Holds Up Among Its Peers

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) .

Hedge fund interest in QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare QNST to other stocks including Ocean Rig UDW Inc (NASDAQ:ORIG), Twin Disc, Incorporated (NASDAQ:TWIN), and Talend SA ADR (NASDAQ:TLND) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s analyze the new action regarding QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST).

Hedge fund activity in QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, flat over the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in QNST over the last 5 quarters. 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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According to Insider Monkey’s institutional investor database, Private Capital Management, led by Gregg J. Powers, holds the biggest position in QuinStreet Inc (NASDAQ:QNST). Private Capital Management has a $16.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, which holds a $14.8 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 encompass Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Jose Fernandez’s Stepstone Group. 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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