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In this article, we are going to discuss the hedge fund sentiment towards Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI). Overall, the sentiment towards the stock remained unchanged during the third quarter. This is usually a negative indicator, although 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 Northstar Realty Europe Corp (NYSE:NRE), New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:NYMT), and Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW) to gather more data points.
We care about hedge fund sentiment because historically hedge funds’ stock picks delivered strong risk adjusted returns. There are certain segments of the market where hedge funds’ stock picks performed much better than its benchmarks. For instance, the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds returned 18% over the last 12 months outpacing S&P 500 Index by more than 10 percentage points. We developed this strategy 2.5 years ago and started sharing its picks in our quarterly newsletter. It bested the S&P 500 Index ETFs by delivering a solid 39% vs. 22% gain for its benchmarks.
With all of this in mind, let’s go over the new action encompassing Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI).
What have hedge funds been doing with Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI), unchanged over the quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ERI over the last five quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management has the biggest position in Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI), worth close to $65.6 million, accounting for 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management, with a $42.7 million position; the fund has 3.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Bryant Regan’s Lafitte Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, one of the top hedge funds in the world, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.