The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM).
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. 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 Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE), NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR), and WEX Inc (NYSE:WEX) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the fresh action encompassing Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM).
How are hedge funds trading Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management has the number one position in Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM), worth close to $23.1 million, comprising 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors, with a $22.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Gregory Thomas’s Carbonado Capital and Adam Weiss’s Stillwater Investment Management.