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NV5 Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NVEE) has experienced a lack in growth in its support from the world’s most elite money managers of late, being held in 6 of their portfolios at the end of September. 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 Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPE), Agile Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AGRX), and Century Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNTY) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action encompassing NV5 Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NVEE).
What does the smart money think about NV5 Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NVEE)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, flat over the last quarter. 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 significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Manatuck Hill Partners, managed by Mark Broach, holds the largest position in NV5 Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NVEE). Manatuck Hill Partners has a $4.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Royce & Associates, a mutual fund managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $4.5 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Renaissance Technologies, Mark N. Diker’s Diker Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.