You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.
Marin Software Inc (NYSE:MRIN) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. MRIN was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with MRIN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MRIN to other stocks including LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ:LMIA), Hutchison China MediTech Ltd – ADR (NASDAQ:HCM), and GSI Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSIT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the fresh action regarding Marin Software Inc (NYSE:MRIN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Marin Software Inc (NYSE:MRIN)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 13% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 8 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MRIN heading into this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Raging Capital Management, led by William C. Martin, holds the number one position in Marin Software Inc (NYSE:MRIN). Raging Capital Management has a $8.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $2.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark’s Crosslink Capital and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that Raging Capital Management is 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.