With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT).
Is Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Prominent investors are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 6 in recent months. 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 Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD), PS Business Parks Inc (NYSE:PSB), and Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT).
How have hedgies been trading Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management has the most valuable position in Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT), worth close to $44.9 million, accounting for 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Steve Cohen of Point72 Asset Management, with an $38.6 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Michael O’Keefe’s 12th Street Asset Management.