Is RigNet Inc (RNET) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET) ready to rally soon? Investors who are in the know are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 1 in recent months. RNET was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with RNET holdings 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 RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE:RAS), Tejon Ranch Company (NYSE:TRC), and Steel Partners Holdings LP (NYSE:SPLP) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the key action regarding RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET).

How have hedgies been trading RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Rutabaga Capital Management, managed by Peter Schliemann, holds the most valuable position in RigNet Inc (NASDAQ:RNET). Rutabaga Capital Management has an $23.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Sagard Capital Partners Management Corp, led by Dan Friedberg, holding an $6.3 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Dennis Leibowitz’s Act II Capital and Paul Hondros’s AlphaOne Capital Partners.

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