Is ACI Worldwide Inc (ACIW) Going To Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. ACIW was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with ACIW positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ACIW to other stocks including Nord Anglia Education Inc (NYSE:NORD), Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC), and Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the key action surrounding ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW).

What have hedge funds been doing with ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 15% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ACIW 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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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, P2 Capital Partners, led by Claus Moller, holds the most valuable position in ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $75.1 million position in the stock, comprising 11.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Amy Minella of Cardinal Capital, with a $43.5 million position; the fund has 2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. 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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