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Is NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are really becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings went up by 1 lately. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with NNBR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NNBR to other stocks including First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF), Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd (NASDAQ:AOSL), and Movado Group, Inc (NYSE:MOV) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the new action regarding NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR).
What have hedge funds been doing with NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 17% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in NNBR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the largest position in NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR), worth close to $19.2 million, amounting to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is ACK Asset Management, led by Richard S. Meisenberg, which holds a $13.2 million position; 4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital, Paul Hondros’s AlphaOne Capital Partners and D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. 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.