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Should You Avoid Trueblue Inc (TBI)?

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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 Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) , and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. TBI was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with TBI positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO), Team, Inc. (NYSE:TISI), and Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI).

How are hedge funds trading Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -27% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TBI over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

HedgeFund

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Trueblue Inc (NYSE:TBI). Royce & Associates has a $52.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Thomas E. Claugus of GMT Capital, with a $39.6 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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