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Is Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS) ready to rally soon? The best stock pickers are indeed in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions slashed by 1 in recent months. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SCSS positions at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SCSS to other stocks including Mercury Systems Inc (NASDAQ:MRCY), Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ:LMNX), and State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS).
How have hedgies been trading Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 8% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in SCSS at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Adam Wright and Gary Kohler’s Blue Clay Capital has the most valuable position in Select Comfort Corp. (NASDAQ:SCSS), worth close to $17.6 million, amounting to 23.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Blue Clay Capital’s heels is John Ku of Manor Road Capital Partners, with a $15.7 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions include Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith’s Birch Run Capital, D E Shaw, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management. 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.