Is American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (ARA) Going To Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (NYSE:ARA).

American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (NYSE:ARA) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. ARA investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with ARA positions 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 Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (NYSE:ATW), Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX), and Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ:ACET) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to check out the fresh action regarding American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (NYSE:ARA).

How are hedge funds trading American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (NYSE:ARA)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -36% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in ARA over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

ARA Chart

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Centerbridge Partners, led by Mark T. Gallogly, holds the largest position in American Renal Associates Holdings Inc (NYSE:ARA). Centerbridge Partners has a $321.8 million position in the stock, comprising 26.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Tamarack Capital Management, led by Justin John Ferayorni, holding a $1.8 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world. 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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