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AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with AVG positions 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 M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR), and Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action surrounding AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG).
What have hedge funds been doing with AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 22% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AVG over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw holds the largest position in AVG Technologies NV (NYSE:AVG). D E Shaw has a $20.7 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, founded by Jim Simons, holding a $8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Douglas T. Granat’s Trigran Investments, Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.