Hedge Funds Are Betting On Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH)

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Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH)

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Furthermore, we’re going to examine the recent info surrounding Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH).

What have hedge funds been doing with Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital had the biggest position in Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH), worth close to $42.4 million, accounting for 1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Hawkeye Capital, managed by Richard Rubin, which held a $16.6 million position; 5.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Consequently, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Eminence Capital, managed by Ricky Sandler, established the most outsized position in Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH). Eminence Capital had 42.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Richard Rubin’s Hawkeye Capital also made a $16.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new SAH investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH)?

Insider buying is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Sonic Automotive Inc (NYSE:SAH). These stocks are Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), KAR Auction Services Inc (NYSE:KAR), Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG), Lithia Motors Inc (NYSE:LAD), and Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI). All of these stocks are in the auto dealerships industry and their market caps match SAH’s market cap.

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