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Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare NHTC to other stocks including Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ:TOUR), Siliconware Precision Industries (ADR) (NASDAQ:SPIL), and Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the fresh action regarding Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC).
What have hedge funds been doing with Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in NHTC heading into this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the most valuable position in Natural Health Trends Corp. (NASDAQ:NHTC), worth close to $24 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Mark Broach of Manatuck Hill Partners holding a $7.7 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management. 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.