Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. 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 New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB), Verisign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN), and SEI Investments Company (NASDAQ:SEIC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action encompassing Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR).
What does the smart money think about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -45% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital has the largest position in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR), worth close to $194.1 million, comprising 3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Legg Mason Capital Management, led by Bill Miller, holding a $82.3 million position; 1.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.