Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA) .
TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. TA shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with TA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Phoenix New Media Ltd ADR (NYSE:FENG), Golden Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ:GDEN), and Seneca Foods Corp (NASDAQ:SENEA) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action surrounding TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA).
How have hedgies been trading TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 7% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TA over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in TravelCenters of America LLC (NASDAQ:TA), worth close to $12.3 million. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, with an $11.5 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that Nantahala Capital Management is 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.