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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Greenbrier Companies Inc (GBX)

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We can judge whether Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market when we factor in known risk factors.

Is Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX) the right investment to pursue these days? Hedge funds are selling. The number of long hedge fund bets were cut by 5 in recent months. GBX was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with GBX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GBX to other stocks including Alamos Gold Inc (NYSE:AGI), Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI), and Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX).

What have hedge funds been doing with Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -23% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, holds the biggest position in Greenbrier Companies Inc (NYSE:GBX). Coatue Management has a $32.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Coatue Management’s heels is PAR Capital Management, managed by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro, which holds a $27.8 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

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