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Is Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are definitely getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings rose by 2 in recent months. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with GRBK positions at the end of September. 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 Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX), BioTime, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:BTX), and Teligent Inc (NASDAQ:TLGT) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 33% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GRBK over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital has the largest position in Green Brick Partners Inc (NASDAQ:GRBK), worth close to $199.2 million, corresponding to 3.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Third Point, led by Dan Loeb, which holds a $66.8 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Terence Hogan’s Addison Clark Management, and Daniel Beltzman and Gergory Smith’s Birch Run Capital. 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.