We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) an outstanding investment right now? Prominent investors seem to be taking a bullish view. Among the funds we track, the number of bullish hedge fund investments went up by two last quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AMOT to other stocks including Applied Genetic Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:AGTC), ARC Document Solutions Inc (NYSE:ARC), and Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the new action surrounding Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT).
What have hedge funds been doing with Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT)?
At the end of September, six funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 50% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AMOT over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT). Renaissance Technologies has a $1.1 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital, which holds a $0.9 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Zeke Ashton’s Centaur Capital Partners. 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.
Now, key hedge funds have jumped into Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) headfirst. Algert Coldiron Investors initiated the most valuable position in Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) which had $0.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Centaur Capital Partners also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT). These stocks are Applied Genetic Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:AGTC), ARC Document Solutions Inc (NYSE:ARC), Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), and Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT). This group of stocks’ market valuations match AMOT’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of nine funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $22 million. That figure was just $4 million in AMOT’s case. Applied Genetic Technologies Corp (NASDAQ:AGTC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT) is the least popular one with only seven bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) is even less popular than ALLT. Considering that hedge funds aren’t fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and understand why the smart money isn’t behind this stock. This isn’t necessarily bad news. Although it is possible that hedge funds may think the stock is overpriced and view the stock as a short candidate, they may not be very familiar with the bullish thesis. In either case more research is warranted.