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Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO) investors should be aware of a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. CVCO was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with CVCO positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CVCO to other stocks including Eros International plc (NYSE:EROS), Noble Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:NBLX), and Heartland Financial USA Inc (NASDAQ:HTLF) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO).
What does the smart money think about Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 19% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CVCO 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.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management has the most valuable position in Cavco Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVCO), worth close to $46.8 million, comprising 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors which holds a $38.6 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates. We should note that SG 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.