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Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE:PLNT) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. PLNT was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with PLNT 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 Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ:MNRO), Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG), and Parkway Properties Inc (NYSE:PKY) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE:PLNT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 13% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PLNT over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, holds the largest position in Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE:PLNT). Marshall Wace LLP has a $24.2 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $17.4 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Matthew A. Weatherbie’s Weatherbie Capital, Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.