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Scholastic Corp (NASDAQ:SCHL) was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. SCHL investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SCHL positions at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare SCHL to other stocks including Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), First Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ:FFBC), and Qualys Inc (NASDAQ:QLYS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action encompassing Scholastic Corp (NASDAQ:SCHL).
What have hedge funds been doing with Scholastic Corp (NASDAQ:SCHL)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 18% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SCHL heading into this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the biggest position in Scholastic Corp (NASDAQ:SCHL). Royce & Associates has a $83 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holding a $3.2 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp. 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.