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Is Avis Budget Group Inc. (CAR) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. At the end of this article we will also compare CAR to other stocks including Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR), NorthWestern Corp (NYSE:NWE), and American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR).

What does the smart money think about Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR)?

During the third quarter, the number of hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey long Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR) declined by three to 30. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Karthik Sarma’s SRS Investment Management holds the most valuable position in Avis Budget Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR). SRS Investment Management has a $290.8 million position in the stock, comprising 7.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Glenview Capital, led by Larry Robbins, holding a $283.9 million position; 2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, Jason Karp’s Tourbillon Capital Partners and Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors.

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