Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (RUTH): Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (RT), Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (BAGL)

Is Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) a buy here? Investors who are in the know are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund bets improved by 1 lately.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a glance at the key action encompassing Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH).

What does the smart money think about Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 11% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Michael Price’s MFP Investors had the biggest position in Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), worth close to $16 million, accounting for 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $1 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, key hedge funds were leading the bulls’ herd. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, established the biggest position in Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH). SAC Capital Advisors had 0 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also made a $0 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

Insider trading activity in Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH)

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH). These stocks are Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT), Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL), Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:DFRG), Ignite Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:IRG), and Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBRG). All of these stocks are in the restaurants industry and their market caps resemble RUTH’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE:RT) 13 0 5
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL) 8 0 4
Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:DFRG) 3 1 0
Ignite Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ:IRG) 3 1 0
Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBRG) 7 2 0

With the returns exhibited by our studies, everyday investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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