Is Exa Corp (EXA) A Good Stock To Buy?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA).

Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. EXA was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with EXA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as ASA Gold and Precious Metals Ltd (NYSE:ASA), Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ:GAIA), and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd (NYSE:BCRH) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA).

What have hedge funds been doing with Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -13% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, George Soros’s Soros Fund Management has the number one position in Exa Corp (NASDAQ:EXA), worth close to $13 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is John H Lewis of Osmium Partners, with a $2.4 million position; 2.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Michael Murphy and Daniel Donoghue’s Discovery Group, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

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