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Is Smart Money Turning More Positive on Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY)?

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Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Is Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) a cheap investment now? The best stock pickers are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by two lately. However, 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 Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY), Shire PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:SHPG), and Signature Bank (NASDAQ:SBNY) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the latest action encompassing Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY).

What does the smart money think about Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY)?

At the  end of the third quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, which represents a gain of 7% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management has the biggest position in Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY), worth close to $30.7 million. The second largest stake is held by Water Street Capital, led by Gilchrist Berg, holding a $26.2 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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