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 CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. CBR was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with CBR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CBR to other stocks including ADMA Biologics Inc (NASDAQ:ADMA), Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO), and Xcel Brands Inc (NASDAQ:XELB) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a fall of 30% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in CBR at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR). Royce & Associates has a $2.4 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Jeffrey E. Eberwein of Lone Star Value Management, with a $1.7 million position; 3.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.