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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love SUPERVALU INC. (SVU)?

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SUPERVALU INC.

Thus, we’re going to study the newest info for SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU).

What have hedge funds been doing with SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners had the biggest position in SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU), worth close to $83 million, comprising 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, which held a $47.6 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors and SAC Subsidiary’s Sigma Capital Management.

Since SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) has experienced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there was a specific group of hedgies who were dropping their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas’s Nokota Management dumped the largest stake of all the hedgies we key on, totaling close to $13.4 million in stock, and Boaz Weinstein of Saba Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $4 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

What do corporate executives and insiders think about SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU). These stocks are The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM), Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CORE), Village Super Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA), Weis Markets, Inc. (NYSE:WMK), and Susser Holdings Corporation (NYSE:SUSS). This group of stocks belong to the grocery stores industry and their market caps are closest to SVU’s market cap.

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