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Is Regis Corporation (RGS) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare RGS to other stocks including Republic Bancorp, Inc. KY (NASDAQ:RBCAA), Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ:QDEL), and Flushing Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:FFIC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 18 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RGS heading into this year, so hedge fund ownership has slid notably in 2016. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith’s Birch Run Capital has the most valuable position in Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), worth close to $133.7 million, comprising 50.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Renaissance Technologies, founded by Jim Simons, which holds a $21 million position. Some other peers with similar optimism comprise Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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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