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Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. SHAK was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with SHAK holdings 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 Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), Cempra Inc (NASDAQ:CEMP), and Adams Diversified Equity Fund Inc (NYSE:ADX) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK).
What does the smart money think about Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decrease of 21% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in SHAK at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the largest position in Shake Shack Inc (NYSE:SHAK), worth close to $30.7 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Joel Ramin of 12 West Capital Management, with a $27 million position; the fund has 3.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, Warren Lammert’s Granite Point Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.