The third quarter was a rough one for most investors, as fears of an interest rate hike in the U.S, a weakening economy in China, and a stagnant Europe, weighed heavily on the minds of investors. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 sank as a result, with the Russell 2000, which is composed of smaller companies, being hit especially hard. This was primarily due to hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, pulling some of their capital out of the volatile markets during this time. Let’s look at how this market volatility affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP), and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.
Is Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know are taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions retreated by 3 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare TRUP to other stocks, including Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:GAIN), Second Sight Medical Products Inc (NASDAQ:EYES), and SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action regarding Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP).
How have hedgies been trading Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 5 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a slump of 38% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Deerfield Management, managed by James E. Flynn, holds the number one position in Trupanion Inc (NYSE:TRUP). According to its latest quarterly report, the fund has a $11.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Deerfield Management’s heels is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $2.5 million stake; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish contain Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, Mark N. Diker’s Diker Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.