Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH)

Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months.

Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH)

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Now, it's important to take a glance at the recent action surrounding Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH).

How have hedgies been trading Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 27% from the previous quarter. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Sigma Capital Management, managed by SAC Subsidiary, holds the largest position in Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH). Sigma Capital Management has a $26 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Sigma Capital Management's heels is Clint Carlson of Carlson Capital, with a $14 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group, Jeffrey Vinik's Vinik Asset Management and Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH) headfirst. Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, initiated the most outsized position in Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH). Carlson Capital had 14 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TXRH positions are Glenn Russell Dubin's Highbridge Capital Management, Paul Tudor Jones's Tudor Investment Corp, and John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it's bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results demonstrated by Insider Monkey's strategies, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH) is no exception.

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