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Is Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (VAC) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with VAC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VAC to other stocks including Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE:PLNT), Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ:MNRO), and Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 13% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in VAC at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Steven Richman’s East Side Capital (RR Partners) has the biggest position in Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp (NYSE:VAC), worth close to $45.4 million, accounting for 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Balyasny Asset Management, led by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $3.8 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism include D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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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