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Do Hedge Funds Love Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (PLKI)?

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It seems that the masses and most of the financial media hate hedge funds and what they do, but why is this hatred of hedge funds so prominent? At the end of the day, these asset management firms do not gamble the hard-earned money of the people who are on the edge of poverty. Truth be told, most hedge fund managers and other smaller players within this industry are very smart and skilled investors. Of course, they may also make wrong bets in some instances, but no one knows what the future holds and how market participants will react to the bountiful news that floods in each day. The S&P 500 Index gained 7.6% in the 12 month-period that ended November 21, while less than 49% of its stocks beat the benchmark. In contrast, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the top hedge fund investors tracked by the Insider Monkey team returned 18% over the same period, which provides evidence that these money managers do have great stock picking abilities. That’s why we believe it isn’t a waste of time to check out hedge fund sentiment before you invest in a stock like Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ:PLKI).

Hedge fund interest in Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ:PLKI) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PLKI to other stocks including BancFirst Corporation (NASDAQ:BANF), First Bancorp (NYSE:FBP), and Installed Building Products Inc (NYSE:IBP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to check out the fresh action surrounding Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ:PLKI).

How have hedgies been trading Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ:PLKI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PLKI over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Gregory Bylinsky and Jefferson Gramm’s Bandera Partners has the largest position in Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc (NASDAQ:PLKI), worth close to $26.8 million, accounting for 17.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, with a $21.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.

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