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American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ARII 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 Aduro BioTech Inc (NASDAQ:ADRO), Veritiv Corp (NYSE:VRTV), and Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action surrounding American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII).
How have hedgies been trading American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 45% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ARII over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Icahn Capital LP, led by Carl Icahn, holds the biggest position in American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $492.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds an $8 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.