Hedge Funds Are Banking On Bankrate Inc (RATE)

Amid an overall market correction, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on tanked during the third quarter. Among them, Valeant and Micron ranked among the top 30 picks and both lost around 20%. Citigroup, which was the third-most popular stock, lost 10% amid uncertainty regarding interest rates. Nevertheless, our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong risk-adjusted returns. This is why following the smart money sentiment is a useful tool to identify the next stock to invest in.

Bankrate Inc (NYSE:RATE) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. RATE was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with RATE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Franklin Street Properties Corp. (NYSEMKT:FSP), Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC), and Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEIS) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the recent action regarding Bankrate Inc (NYSE:RATE).

How have hedgies been trading Bankrate Inc (NYSE:RATE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 13% gain from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Raging Capital Management, managed by William C. Martin, holds the most valuable position in Bankrate Inc (NYSE:RATE). Raging Capital Management has a $31.1 million position in the stock, comprising 4.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting in the 2 spot is Pivot Point Capital, managed by James A. Noonan, which holds a $21 million position; the fund has 9.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Jeffrey Jacobowitz’s Simcoe Capital Management.