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Is Rayonier Inc. (RYN) Going To Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) .

Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. RYN investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with RYN 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 Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN), Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), and Texas Roadhouse Inc (NASDAQ:TXRH) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN)

At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 50% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in RYN at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Mason Hawkins’ Southeastern Asset Management has the most valuable position in Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN), worth close to $179.3 million, accounting for 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Martin Whitman of Third Avenue Management, with a $95.4 million position; the fund has 4.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Southeastern Asset Management and Impax Asset Management) 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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