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HD Supply Holdings Inc (HDS): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) in this article.

HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) was in 54 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. HDS has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 40 hedge funds in our database with HDS positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL), Marine Harvest ASA (NYSE:MHG), and Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE:LEG) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to go over the key action encompassing HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS).

How have hedgies been trading HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 54 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 35% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital has the largest position in HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS), worth close to $181.9 million, corresponding to 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Farallon Capital, managed by Thomas Steyer, which holds a $109.8 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions comprise D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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