Is GP Investments Acquisition Corp (GPIAU) A Good Stock To Buy?

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GP Investments Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:GPIAU) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. GPIAU has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with GPIAU positions 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 INVUITY INC COM USD0.001 (NASDAQ:IVTY), StealthGas Inc. (NASDAQ:GASS), and VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMEX:VHC) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action encompassing GP Investments Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:GPIAU).

What have hedge funds been doing with GP Investments Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:GPIAU)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Arrowgrass Capital Partners, managed by Nick Niell, holds the number one position in GP Investments Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:GPIAU). Arrowgrass Capital Partners has a $12.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Arrowgrass Capital Partners’s heels is Roystone Capital Partners, managed by Richard Barrera, which holds an $9.9 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments and John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies.

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