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Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 20 funds in our database with TYPE positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare TYPE to other stocks including Associated Capital Group Inc (NYSE:AC), Biglari Holdings Inc (NYSE:BH), and First Commonwealth Financial (NYSE:FCF) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE).
How are hedge funds trading Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), up by 18% over the quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in TYPE at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest funds in the world, has the number one position in Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), worth close to $27.4 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $16.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock.