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Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare PETS to other stocks including Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc (NASDAQ:KTOS), Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB), and QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in PETS at the beginning of this year, so hedge fund ownership is still 25% higher in 2016. So, let’s see 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS). Renaissance Technologies has a $31.8 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, holding an $8.1 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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-micro-cap stocks.
Since Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) has witnessed a decline in interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there exists a select few hedge funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in the third quarter. Interestingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management cut the biggest stake of all the investors monitored by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $0.6 million in stock. Paul Tudor Jones’ fund, Tudor Investment Corp, also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.3 million worth.
Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS). These stocks are Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc (NASDAQ:KTOS), Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB), QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH), and Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to PETS’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 11 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $63 million. That figure was $51 million in PETS’s case. Carbonite Inc (NASDAQ:CARB) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand QCR Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCRH) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ:PETS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard CARB might be a better candidate to consider taking a long position in.