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Should You Buy MGP Ingredients Inc (MGPI)?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI) from the perspective of those successful funds.

MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. MGPI was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with MGPI holdings 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 Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECHO), CommerceHub Inc (NASDAQ:CHUBA), and Heron Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:HRTX) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the fresh action surrounding MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI).

How have hedgies been trading MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up 14% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in MGPI at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital has the largest position in MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI), worth close to $32.4 million, corresponding to 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mark Broach of Manatuck Hill Partners, with a $8.5 million position; the fund has 3.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny 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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