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How FreightCar America, Inc. (RAIL) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL).

Is FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL) a bargain? The smart money is categorically reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 2 recently. RAIL was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with RAIL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RAIL to other stocks including Wi-LAN Inc – US listing (NASDAQ:WILN), Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:CRNT), and Capstar Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CSTR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a fall of 15% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 16 hedge funds with a bullish position in RAIL 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.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAIL), worth close to $10.3 million. On Royce & Associates’s heels is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, which holds a $2.8 million position. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Tim Curro’s Value Holdings LP. We should note that Value Holdings LP 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.

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