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Is Teekay Tankers Ltd. (TNK) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

Is Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) the right pick for your portfolio? It looks like hedge funds are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings retreated by five last quarter. In this way, there were nine hedge funds in our database with TNK holdings at the end of September. 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 Forestar Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR), Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV), and Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action encompassing Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK).

How are hedge funds trading Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK)?

At the end of the third quarter, nine hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a down by 36% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TNK over the last five quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

HedgeFund

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Huber Capital Management, led by Joe Huber, holds the largest position in Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK). Huber Capital Management has a $47.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial holding a $9.2 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham 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.

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