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Outerwall Inc (OUTR): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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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 Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR).

Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. OUTR investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with OUTR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare OUTR to other stocks including Meritor Inc (NYSE:MTOR), McDermott International (NYSE:MDR), and InfraREIT Inc (NYSE:HIFR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the latest action regarding Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR).

What does the smart money think about Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Allan Mecham and Ben Raybould’s Arlington Value Capital has the largest position in Outerwall Inc (NASDAQ:OUTR), worth close to $65.4 million, accounting for 8.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Fine Capital Partners, led by Debra Fine, holding a $62.6 million position; the fund has 6.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and William C. Martin’s Raging Capital Management.

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