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PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with PFSW positions at the end of September. 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 Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA), Maxwell Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MXWL), and Premier Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFBI) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action encompassing PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW).
Hedge fund activity in PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW)
At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PFSW 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.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW). Renaissance Technologies has a $6 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Arnaud Ajdler of Engine Capital, with a $4.4 million position; the fund has 4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that Engine Capital 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.