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NutriSystem Inc. (NTRI): Hedge Funds’ Holdings Are Losing Weight

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Is NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions shrank by 4 lately. 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 Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW), TCP Capital Corp (NASDAQ:TCPC), and Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE:VSI) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 17% drop from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership has fallen by 30% over the last 4 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI). Renaissance Technologies has a $75.2 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors, with a $14.3 million position. Other peers with similar optimism contain Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

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