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Do Hedge Funds Love Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (BFAM)?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM).

Is Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM) the right investment to pursue these days? The smart money is indeed getting less bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets slashed by 3 lately. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with BFAM holdings at the end of the last 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 Hudson Pacific Properties Inc (NYSE:HPP), Fibria Celulose SA (ADR) (NYSE:FBR), and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 20% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 13 hedge funds with a bullish position in BFAM at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the number one position in Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc (NYSE:BFAM), worth close to $35.8 million. Coming in second is ShearLink Capital, led by Vivek Mehta and Aaron Husock, which holds a $10.9 million position; the fund has 3.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Leighton Welch’s Welch Capital Partners and John Ku’s Manor Road Capital Partners. 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.

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