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J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX) was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. JAX has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with JAX positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that JAX isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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Let’s check out the recent hedge fund action encompassing J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX).
How have hedgies been trading J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -14% from the second quarter of 2018. By comparison, 12 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in JAX heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
The largest stake in J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX) was held by Ancora Advisors, which reported holding $15.2 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Eminence Capital with a $13.5 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Marathon Partners, Renaissance Technologies, and Birch Grove Capital.
Since J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few funds that slashed their full holdings in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Thomas Bailard’s Bailard Inc cut the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds watched by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $0.2 million in call options, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds in the third quarter.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX). These stocks are Miller/Howard High Income Equity Fund (NYSE:HIE), Misonix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSON), Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NAK), and Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC). This group of stocks’ market valuations resemble JAX’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 1.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $4 million. That figure was $48 million in JAX’s case. Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. (NYSEAMEX:NAK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Miller/Howard High Income Equity Fund (NYSE:HIE) is the least popular one with only 1 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks J Alexander’s Holdings Inc (NYSE:JAX) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.