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Is Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRI) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is genuinely in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund investments fell by 4 lately. MCRI was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with MCRI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MCRI to other stocks including NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ:NLNK), Winmark Corporation (NASDAQ:WINA), and La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ:LJPC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action encompassing Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRI).
Hedge fund activity in Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRI)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -29% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in MCRI over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Bryant Regan of Lafitte Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCRI). Lafitte Capital Management has a $17.3 million position in the stock, comprising 9.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Peter S. Park of Park West Asset Management, with a $11.3 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Robert Hockett’s Covalent Capital Partners, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.