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Hedge Funds Are Buying Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (SFM)

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Is Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.

Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. SFM was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with SFM 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 Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO), Cleco Corporation (NYSE:CNL), and Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM).

Hedge fund activity in Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM)

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 57% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM). The fund holds a $74 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Brookside Capital, led by Bain Capital, holding a $59.9 million stake; the fund has 1.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Vivek Mehta and Aaron Husock’s ShearLink Capital.

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