The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) .
Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) has seen an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with EPAY holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare EPAY to other stocks including Nevsun Resources (USA) (NYSEAMEX:NSU), Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), and Dermira Inc (NASDAQ:DERM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY).
What have hedge funds been doing with Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 27% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in EPAY at the beginning of this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the most valuable position in Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY), worth close to $11.4 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, which holds a $10.9 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. 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.