The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR).
Is TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR) ready to rally soon? The smart money is surely turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund investments improved by 2 recently. 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 United Community Banks Inc (NASDAQ:UCBI), Five Prime Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FPRX), and Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (NYSE:RPT) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 20% increase from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in TASR at the beginning of this year, also showing a 20% increase over that time. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable 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, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital has the number one position in TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ:TASR), worth close to $23.2 million. On Polar Capital’s heels is Driehaus Capital, led by Richard Driehaus, which holds a $6.7 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and Peter Muller’s PDT Partners. 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.