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Is Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (RT) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RTinvestors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers lately. RT was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with RT 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 Telenav Inc (NASDAQ:TNAV), Malibu Boats Inc (NASDAQ:MBUU), and Nutraceutical Int’l Corp. (NASDAQ:NUTR) to gather more data points.

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How are hedge funds trading Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 6% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RT over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Engaged Capital, led by Glenn W. Welling, holds the biggest position in Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT). Engaged Capital has a $5.1 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish hedge fund is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, with a $4.4 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Steve Tannenbaum’s Greenwood Investments. 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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