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Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money last quarter. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with CALM holdings at the end of September. 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 Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA), SemGroup Corp (NYSE:SEMG), and Travelport Worldwide Ltd (NYSE:TVPT) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a peek at the new action encompassing Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM).
What does the smart money think about Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 41% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 28 hedge funds with a bullish position in CALM at the beginning of 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.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Cal-Maine Foods Inc (NASDAQ:CALM). Royce & Associates has a $21.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Melvin Capital Management, led by Gabriel Plotkin, which holds a $21.2 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management. We should note that Sprott Asset 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.