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Hedge fund interest in Scorpio Bulkers Inc (NYSE:SALT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter, with 9 hedge funds bullish on the stock. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare SALT to other stocks including Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC), Electrum Special Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:ELECU), and Lantheus Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LNTH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Scorpio Bulkers Inc (NYSE:SALT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SALT 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.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management has the biggest position in Scorpio Bulkers Inc (NYSE:SALT), worth close to $31.9 million, accounting for 4.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Q Investments (Specter Holdings), led by Geoffrey Raynor, holding a $4.7 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise Kevin Michael Ulrich and Anthony Davis’ Anchorage Advisors, Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Raging Capital Management and Q Investments (Specter Holdings)) 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.