Is Manitowoc Foodservice Inc (MFS) A Good Stock To Buy Right Now?

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Is Manitowoc Foodservice Inc(NYSE:MFS) a buy here? Hedge funds are surely turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings went up by 1 lately. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with MFS positions at the end of June. 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 Darling International Inc. (NYSE:DAR), J&J Snack Foods Corp. (NASDAQ:JJSF), and Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the new action encompassing Manitowoc Foodservice Inc(NYSE:MFS).

What does the smart money think about Manitowoc Foodservice Inc(NYSE:MFS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 5% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in MFS at the beginning of April. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital has the biggest position in Manitowoc Foodservice Inc(NYSE:MFS), worth close to $215.7 million, accounting for 4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Abrams Capital Management, led by David Abrams, which holds a $182.6 million position; 9.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP, Alan Fournier’s Pennant Capital Management and Michael Doheny’s Freshford Capital Management. 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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