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Is Potbelly Corp (PBPB) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Potbelly Corp (NASDAQ:PBPB) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. PBPB was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with PBPB positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PBPB to other stocks including Zogenix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZGNX), Comtech Telecomm. Corp. (NASDAQ:CMTL), and Cardionet Inc (NASDAQ:BEAT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to go over the recent action regarding Potbelly Corp (NASDAQ:PBPB).

Hedge fund activity in Potbelly Corp (NASDAQ:PBPB)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in Potbelly Corp (NASDAQ:PBPB). Renaissance Technologies has an $8.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Legg Mason Capital Management, led by Bill Miller, holding an $7.5 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Michael Zimmerman’s Prentice Capital Management.

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