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Is Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP) worth your attention right now? The smart money is indeed getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund investments suffered a reduction of 2 lately. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with HCLP 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 Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTS), CenterState Banks Inc (NASDAQ:CSFL), and Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action regarding Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP).
What does the smart money think about Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HCLP over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management has the largest position in Hi-Crush Partners LP (NYSE:HCLP), worth close to $31.3 million. On Balyasny Asset Management’s heels is Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $17.4 million position. Other peers with similar optimism contain Bryant Regan’s Lafitte Capital Management, GLG Partners and Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners. 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.