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Do Hedge Funds Love Spirit Airlines Incorporated (SAVE)?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ:SAVE) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. SAVE shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with SAVE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SAVE to other stocks including New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), and Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE:SXT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the key action regarding Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ:SAVE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ:SAVE)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a surge of 36% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ:SAVE), worth close to $58 million and corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $41.6 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners and John Tompkins’s Tyvor Capital.

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