Is Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.
Is Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY) the right pick for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 3 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare RYAAY to other stocks including Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP), Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC), and AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action regarding Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY).
What does the smart money think about Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 14% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holds the largest position in Ryanair Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:RYAAY). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $171.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Wildcat Capital Management, led by Leonard A. Potter, holding a $86.4 million position; 20.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions comprise Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, David Gallo’s Valinor Management LLC and Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners.