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Is Ingles Markets, Incorporated (IMKTA) A Good Stock To Buy?

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It was a rough third quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during the quarter. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by about 14 percentage points between June 25 and October 30, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. This action contributed to the greater decline in these stocks during the tumultuous period. We will study how this market volatility affected their sentiment towards Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA) during the quarter below.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. IMKTA has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with IMKTA positions at the end of the previous 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 Caesars Acquisition Company (NASDAQ:CACQ), Spartan Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPTN), and Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the key action encompassing Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA).

Hedge fund activity in Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA)

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the number one position in Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA), worth close to $60.3 million, amounting to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Gotham Asset Management, managed by Joel Greenblatt, which holds an $12 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

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