The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE).
Is Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE) an attractive investment right now? Money managers are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions fell by two last quarter. In this way, 16 funds from the Insider Monkey database held shares of the company at the end of September. 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 Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW), Eclipse Resources Corp (NYSE:ECR), and NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s review the new action regarding Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE).
Hedge fund activity in Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Bob Evans Farms, which represents a fall of 11% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BOBE over the last five quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Tom Sandell’s Sandell Asset Management holds the largest position in Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE), which is worth $48.4 million comprising 12.7% of its 13F portfolio. On Sandell Asset Management’s heels is Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, which holds a $32.6 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Sandell Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments. 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.