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Is Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) the right pick for your portfolio? The best stock pickers are buying. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 6 recently. Our calculations also showed that VICR isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s take a look at the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR).
How are hedge funds trading Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 60% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in VICR over the last 13 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Alok Agrawal’s Bloom Tree Partners has the largest position in Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR), worth close to $21.2 million, amounting to 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $11 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management, Adam Usdan’s Trellus Management Company and Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners.
Consequently, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Bloom Tree Partners, managed by Alok Agrawal, created the most valuable position in Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR). Bloom Tree Partners had $21.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Spencer M. Waxman’s Shannon River Fund Management also made a $6.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new VICR positions are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) but similarly valued. These stocks are Bloomin’ Brands Inc (NASDAQ:BLMN), Guess’, Inc. (NYSE:GES), NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM), and WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble VICR’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $311 million. That figure was $73 million in VICR’s case. NxStage Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Guess’, Inc. (NYSE:GES) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Vicor Corp (NASDAQ:VICR) is even less popular than GES. Considering that hedge funds aren’t fond of this stock in relation to other companies analyzed in this article, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and understand why the smart money isn’t behind this stock. This isn’t necessarily bad news. Although it is possible that hedge funds may think the stock is overpriced and view the stock as a short candidate, they may not be very familiar with the bullish thesis. In either case more research is warranted.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.