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Is Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) going to take off soon? The best stock pickers are really in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets experienced a decline of 3 recently. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with TDW holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TDW to other stocks including Lifevantage Corporation (NASDAQ:LFVN), Noodles & Co (NASDAQ:NDLS), and Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE:NM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW).
What have hedge funds been doing with Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 30% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TDW over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $4.5 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, which manages a $4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Douglas Dethy’s DC Capital Partners, Joshua Packwood and Schuster Tanger’s Radix Partners and Glenn Greenberg’s Brave Warrior 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.