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Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CPRT shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with CPRT holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CPRT to other stocks including Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ), JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU), and Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a look at the key action encompassing Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT).
How are hedge funds trading Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 31% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT), worth close to $127.3 million and comprising 0.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Foundation Asset Management, led by David Charney and Sky Wilber, holding a $56.9 million position; 19.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers with similar optimism comprise Jeff Lignelli’s Incline Global Management, James Crichton’s Hitchwood Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.