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Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare Plexus Corp. to other stocks including Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMCI), Franklin Electric Co. (NASDAQ:FELE), and TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TAC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS).
How have hedgies been trading Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or had already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the largest position in Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS). Fisher Asset Management has a $30.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Anand Parekh of Alyeska Investment Group, with a $26.8 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.