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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 4 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare BWLD to other stocks including Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC), United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI), and Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new action surrounding Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD).

How are hedge funds trading Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 16% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Richard McGuire’s Marcato Capital Management has the number one position in Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD), worth close to $133.7 million and corresponding to 11.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Israel Englander of Millennium Management, with a $66.3 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

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