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Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. AMOT was in 14 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with AMOT positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that amot isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let's analyze the recent hedge fund action surrounding Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT).
Hedge fund activity in Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT)
At Q3's end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 8% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in AMOT at the beginning of this year. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $19.8 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by G2 Investment Partners Management with a $9.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included GLG Partners, Algert Coldiron Investors, and Millennium Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Navellier & Associates, managed by Louis Navellier, created the biggest position in Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT). Navellier & Associates had $1.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new AMOT position is Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle's Springbok Capital.
Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Blackrock MuniHoldings Californ (NYSE:MUC), Stemline Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:STML), Sorrentto Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRNE), and AG Mortgage Investment Trust Inc (NYSE:MITT). All of these stocks' market caps are similar to AMOT's market cap.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position MUC,1,620,-2 STML,17,154466,1 SRNE,10,9288,1 MITT,8,21119,0 Average,9,46373,0 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 9 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $46 million. That figure was $44 million in AMOT's case. Stemline Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:STML) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Blackrock MuniHoldings Californ (NYSE:MUC) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Allied Motion Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMOT) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard STML might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.