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Is West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC) a buy here? The best stock pickers are turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings advanced by 2 in recent months. 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 Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ:CYBR), Diebold Incorporated (NYSE:DBD), and Eagle Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EGBN) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 15% rise from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards WSTC over the last 5 quarters, which fell heavily heading into this year, but has rebounded over the past 2 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in West Corp (NASDAQ:WSTC). Citadel Investment Group has a $13.8 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Millennium Management, founded by Israel Englander, which holds an $8.8 million position. Other professional money managers that are bullish encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. 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.