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Farmer Brothers Co. (FARM): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ:FARM) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. FARM was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with FARM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FARM to other stocks including Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB), Seabridge Gold, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SA), and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLWS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action encompassing Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ:FARM).

How are hedge funds trading Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ:FARM)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 9% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in FARM over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Douglas T. Granat’s Trigran Investments has the most valuable position in Farmer Brothers Co. (NASDAQ:FARM), worth close to $32.9 million, accounting for 8.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $18.3 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management and Michael Price’s MFP Investors. We should note that MFP Investors is 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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