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Hedge fund interest in Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare RUN to other stocks including Fiesta Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:FRGI), Republic Bancorp, Inc. KY (NASDAQ:RBCAA), and Chegg Inc (NYSE:CHGG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the new action surrounding Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN).
What have hedge funds been doing with Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 15 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RUN heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Quentec Asset Management, led by Ken Hahn, holds the number one position in Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN). Quentec Asset Management has a $21.8 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Baupost Group, led by Seth Klarman, holding a $17.9 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and Bernard Lambilliotte’s Ecofin Ltd. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.