Hedge Fund Ownership of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) Beginning to Take Off

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA).

Is Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) a bargain? Hedge funds are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 2 recently. HA was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with HA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HA to other stocks including Essent Group Ltd (NYSE:ESNT), Suburban Propane Partners LP (NYSE:SPH), and Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 9% jump from one quarter earlier. As shown on the chart below, hedge fund ownership is taking off to new heights in a nice smooth trajectory over the past 2 quarters, though the ownership range remains narrow. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA). Renaissance Technologies has a $112.3 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, which holds a $27.6 million position. Other peers that are bullish encompass Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and John Tompkins’ Tyvor Capital.

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