The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW) from the perspective of those successful funds.
Is KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW) a first-rate investment right now? Hedge funds are undeniably in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions improved by 4 lately. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with KEYW 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 Intersect ENT Inc (NASDAQ:XENT), Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR), and Village Super Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action regarding KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW).
How are hedge funds trading KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a growth of 80% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 5 hedge funds with a bullish position in KEYW at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s institutional investor database, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in KEYW Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW). Royce & Associates has a $8.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, with a $1.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. 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.