Is Cedar Fair, L.P. (FUN) a Good Stock to Buy?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 12 funds in our database with FUN positions 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 ITT Corp (NYSE:ITT), Medidata Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:MDSO), and Black Hills Corp (NYSE:BKH) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, versus 10 funds a quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in FUN at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, MSDC Management, led by Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan, holds the number one position in Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE:FUN). MSDC Management has a $105.1 million position in the stock, comprising 8.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by John Osterweis’ Osterweis Capital Management, which disclosed a $24.5 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Remy Trafelet’s Trafelet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, and Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital. 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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