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Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. GNRC was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with GNRC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GNRC to other stocks including PBF Energy Inc (NYSE:PBF), Select Income REIT (NYSE:SIR), and Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 23% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GNRC over the last 5 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Water Street Capital, led by Gilchrist Berg, holds the largest position in Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC). Water Street Capital has a $69 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich of Scopia Capital, with a $41 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management, and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that Impax Asset Management is 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.