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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Extended Stay America Inc (STAY)

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Extended Stay America Inc (NYSE:STAY).

Is Extended Stay America Inc (NYSE:STAY) a superb investment today? Prominent investors are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 6 lately. STAY was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with STAY holdings 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 B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS), Nortel Inversora S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:NTL), and Team Health Holdings LLC (NYSE:TMH) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s view the key action surrounding Extended Stay America Inc (NYSE:STAY).

What have hedge funds been doing with Extended Stay America Inc (NYSE:STAY)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a jump of 38% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co has the most valuable position in Extended Stay America Inc (NYSE:STAY), worth close to $535 million, accounting for 5.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Paulson & Co’s heels is Centerbridge Partners, managed by Mark T. Gallogly, which holds a $530.3 million position; the fund has 43.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish comprise Jeffrey Furber’s AEW Capital Management, Jeffrey Jacobowitz’s Simcoe Capital Management and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital.

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