Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
Is Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE) an attractive stock to buy now? The smart money is getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 4 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare GPRE to other stocks including Hanmi Financial Corp (NASDAQ:HAFC), PharMerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC), and Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ:IMKTA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to view the recent action surrounding Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE).
Hedge fund activity in Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE)
At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 22% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Tourbillon Capital Partners, managed by Jason Karp, holds the biggest position in Green Plains Inc (NASDAQ:GPRE). Tourbillon Capital Partners has a $94.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Water Street Capital, managed by Gilchrist Berg, which holds a $36.7 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.