The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC).
Is Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC) a bargain? Investors who are in the know are getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 4 lately. 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 Universal Corp (NYSE:UVV), seacube container leasing ltd (NYSE:BOX), and EP Energy Corp (NYSE:EPE) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the new action surrounding Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC).
How have hedgies been trading Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 22% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management has the number one position in Sonic Corporation (NASDAQ:SONC), worth close to $100.1 million, amounting to 1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Southeastern Asset Management’s heels is Chilton Investment Company, led by Richard Chilton, holding a $98.8 million position; 3.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.