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Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ:MNRO) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Golar LNG Limited (USA) (NASDAQ:GLNG), Parkway Properties Inc (NYSE:PKY), and Granite Construction Inc. (NYSE:GVA) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ:MNRO)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in MNRO 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.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Akre Capital Management, led by Charles Akre, holds the biggest position in Monro Muffler Brake Inc (NASDAQ:MNRO). Akre Capital Management has a $92.2 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Akre Capital Management’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $49.1 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management, David Keidan’s Buckingham Capital Management and Charles Clough’s Clough Capital 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.