The elite 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 Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ:CAKE) from the perspective of those elite funds.
Is Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ:CAKE) the right investment to pursue these days? Hedge funds are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 3 in recent months. CAKE was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with CAKE 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 B2Gold Corp (NYSEMKT:BTG), UniFirst Corp (NYSE:UNF), and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ:CAKE)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 16% rise from the second quarter of 2016. Smart money ownership of the company has remained in a relatively narrow range throughout the past year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in Cheesecake Factory Inc (NASDAQ:CAKE). GAMCO Investors has a $44.2 million position in the stock. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $31.4 million position. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management.