Hedge Funds Are Selling Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN)

Is Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) a splendid investment now? Hedge funds are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions dropped by 10 recently.

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Now, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -33% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Brett Barakett’s Tremblant Capital had the largest position in Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN), worth close to $79 million, comprising 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Discovery Capital Management, managed by Rob Citrone, which held a $49 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management, Doug Silverman’s Senator Investment Group and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Because Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few fund managers who sold off their entire stakes last quarter. Interestingly, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital sold off the largest investment of all the hedgies we track, totaling close to $211 million in stock., and Curtis Macnguyen of Ivory Capital (Investment Mgmt) was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $13 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 10 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN)?

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With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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