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Is Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM) the right investment to pursue these days? The best stock pickers are turning bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 3 lately. 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 Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY), Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:LORL), and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) to gather more data points.
At the moment there are plenty of methods market participants can use to appraise publicly traded companies. A duo of the most useful methods are hedge fund and insider trading moves. We have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the best investment managers can outpace the S&P 500 by a significant margin (see the details here).
Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the new action encompassing Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM).
Hedge fund activity in Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM)
Heading into Q4, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 30% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Alan Fournier’s Pennant Capital Management has the biggest position in Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM), worth close to $114.3 million, amounting to 2.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Pennant Capital Management’s heels is Sharlyn C. Heslam’s Stockbridge Partners, with a $107.7 million position; 6.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish include David S. Winter and David J. Millstone’s 40 North Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and James A. Noonan’s Pivot Point Capital.