We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. Among the funds we track, the stock was included in 13F portfolios of nine funds at the end of the third 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 Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC), Silver Spring Networks Inc (NYSE:SSNI), and Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPBI) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action regarding Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK).
What have hedge funds been doing with Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK)?
At Q3’s end, nine hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 10 hedge funds with a bullish position in TRK at the beginning of this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Marathon Partners, led by Mario Cibelli, holds the most valuable position in Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:TRK). Marathon Partners has a $6.3 million position in the stock, comprising 3.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Potrero Capital Research, led by Jack Ripsteen, which holds a $4.8 million position; 4.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Zeke Ashton’s Centaur Capital Partners, and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors. We should note that Potrero Capital Research is 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.