The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) .
Hedge fund interest in Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE:OZM), HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), and Virtu Financial Inc (NASDAQ:VIRT) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the new action surrounding Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX).
What have hedge funds been doing with Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 30 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MLNX heading into this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), worth close to $44.3 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Rima Senvest Management, led by Richard Mashaal, holding a $26.2 million position; the fund has 1.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Ken Hahn’s Quentec Asset Management and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital. 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.