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Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. WEN investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with WEN holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare WEN to other stocks including The Geo Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO), HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI), and Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 5% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 24 hedge funds with a bullish position in WEN at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Trian Partners, led by Nelson Peltz, holds the largest position in Wendys Co (NASDAQ:WEN). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $440.6 million position in the stock, comprising 4.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Eminence Capital, led by Ricky Sandler, which holds a $140 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. 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.