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Should You Buy General Finance Corporation (GFN)?

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The market has been volatile as the Federal Reserve winds down its easy money policies. Small cap stocks have been hit hard as a result, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25th and the end of October. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be paring back their overall long exposure, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why the major indexes have retraced. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Hedge fund interest in General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN) shares remained unchanged at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare GFN to other stocks, including Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPIX), Tremor Video Inc (NYSE:TRMR), and Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the fresh action surrounding General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN).

What does the smart money think about General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 4 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, D. E. Shaw holds the largest position in General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:GFN). D. E. Shaw has a $0.4 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $0.3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.

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