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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Habit Restaurants Inc (HABT) Anymore

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge funds have been producing disappointing net returns in recent years, however that was partly due to the poor performance of small-cap stocks in general. Well, small-cap stocks finally turned the corner and have been beating the large-cap stocks by more than 10 percentage points over the last 5 months.This means the relevancy of hedge funds’ public filings became inarguable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:HABT).

Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:HABT) has seen a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. HABT was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with HABT positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HABT to other stocks including Johnson Outdoors Inc. (NASDAQ:JOUT), Horizon Global Corp (NYSE:HZN), and Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:HABT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 7% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in HABT heading into this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John Burbank’s Passport Capital has the number one position in Habit Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:HABT), worth close to $14 million. The second most bullish fund manager is GMT Capital, led by Thomas E. Claugus, holding a $8.4 million position. Other peers that hold long positions contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.

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