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SUPERVALU INC. (SVU): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Amid an overall market correction, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on tanked during the third quarter. Among them, Valeant and Micron ranked among the top 30 picks and both lost around 20%. Citigroup, which was the third most popular stock, lost 10% amid uncertainty regarding the interest rates. Nevertheless, our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong risk-adjusted returns. This is why following the smart money sentiment is a useful tool at identifying the next stock to invest in.

Is SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by 2 lately. 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 Deckers Outdoor Corp (NASDAQ:DECK), Anixter International Inc. (NYSE:AXE), and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the new action surrounding SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU).

How are hedge funds trading SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Conan Laughlin’s North Tide Capital has the biggest position in SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU), worth close to $107.7 million, accounting for 9.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Gotham Asset Management, led by Joel Greenblatt, holding a $51.6 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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