Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) shares have surged 10% on slightly higher-than-average volume as technical traders bet on the stock’s upward momentum. Another reason for the growth could be the initiated coverage by FBR & Co., which set an ‘Outperform’ rating and $29 price target. Shares of the stock have jumped significantly from February and Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) could once again become a momentum stock if the right factors come into play. Three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing solution holds great promise and Stratasys is one of the few companies that analysts expect to be profitable in the near future. If management contains costs and maintains growth, the company could regain some of its lost ground.
Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.
The number of long hedge fund bets in Stratasys went up by one lately and the stock was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. However, 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 Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC), BofI Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOFI), and Ebix Inc (NASDAQ:EBIX) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS).