Is Polycom Inc (PLCM) a Good Stock To Buy?

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Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Is Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM) a buy, sell, or hold? Prominent investors are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions retreated by 6 recently. PLCM was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with PLCM positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Evertec Inc (NYSE:EVTC), Cvent Inc (NYSE:CVT), and Mobile Mini Inc (NASDAQ:MINI) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action surrounding Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM).

Hedge fund activity in Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM)

At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -25% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, George Soros’ Soros Fund Management has the largest position in Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM), worth close to $112.5 million, comprising 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Soros Fund Management’s heels is Elliott Management, managed by Paul Singer, which holds a $76.7 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and D E Shaw.

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