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Should You Avoid Progress Software Corporation (PRGS)?

The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve continues its rate hikes to normalize the interest rates. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by about 4 percentage points through November 16th. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure since summer months, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Is Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Prominent investors are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 1 lately. Our calculations also showed that PRGS isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. PRGS was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with PRGS positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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We’re going to review the key hedge fund action encompassing Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -4% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PRGS over the last 13 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, GLG Partners, managed by Noam Gottesman, holds the most valuable position in Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS). GLG Partners has a $46.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On GLG Partners’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds a $39.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

Due to the fact that Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) has experienced declining sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Michael Platt and William Reeves’s BlueCrest Capital Mgmt. cut the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising about $1.2 million in stock. Dmitry Balyasny’s fund, Balyasny Asset Management, also cut its stock, about $1 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) but similarly valued. These stocks are Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), Usa Compression Partners LP (NYSE:USAC), Archrock, Inc. (NYSE:AROC), and ForeScout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCT). All of these stocks’ market caps match PRGS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
SYNA 17 189925 1
USAC 5 18025 -1
AROC 15 29597 -1
FSCT 16 183943 4
Average 13.25 105373 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $105 million. That figure was $206 million in PRGS’s case. Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Usa Compression Partners LP (NYSE:USAC) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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