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Is Patrick Industries, Inc. (PATK) A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

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The successful 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 Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Among the funds in the Insider Monkey database, Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK) was included in the equity portfolios of 17 funds at the end of September. The company registered a decline in popularity during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PATK to other stocks including Fortress Transprtn and Infr Investrs LLC (NYSE:FTAI), P.H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE:GLT), and Smart & Final Stores Inc (NYSE:SFS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s view the latest action regarding Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK).

How have hedgies been trading Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by two funds from the end of June. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards PATK over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management holds the most valuable position in Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK) which has a $65.4 million position in the stock, comprising 9.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital holding a $10.3 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Parsa Kiai’s Steamboat Capital Partners, Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR 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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