Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. KKD has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with KKD holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD).
Hedge fund activity in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD)
At Q1’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 5% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Cupps Capital Management, managed by Drew Cupps, holds the biggest position in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD). Cupps Capital Management has a $19.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2% of its 13F portfolio. On Cupps Capital Management’s heels is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $7.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.
Now, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Cupps Capital Management, managed by Drew Cupps, initiated the most outsized position in Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD). Cupps Capital Management had 19.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners also made a $2.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new KKD positions are Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management, Ken Heebner’s Capital Growth Management, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.
How are insiders trading Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD)?
Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time period, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD). These stocks are DineEquity Inc (NYSE:DIN), Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC), Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE), AFC Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFCE), and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI). All of these stocks are in the restaurants industry and their market caps are closest to KKD’s market cap.