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Should You Follow the Smart Money Out of Casey’s General Stores Inc (CASY)?

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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 Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ:CASY) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ:CASY) a sound investment today? The best stock pickers are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were cut by 6 lately. CASY was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with CASY 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 The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), Highwoods Properties Inc (NYSE:HIW), and Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ:CASY)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 21% drop from the previous quarter. That followed 2 quarters in which smart money ownership surged by 75%. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company has the number one position in Casey’s General Stores Inc (NASDAQ:CASY), worth close to $120 million, accounting for 4.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Gabriel Plotkin of Melvin Capital Management, with a $105.1 million position; 2.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management.

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