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In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII), which registered a decline in the number of funds from our database holding long positions. At the end of September, 12 funds held shares of Polaris Industries. 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 Dun & Bradstreet Corp (NYSE:DNB), athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ:ATHN), and Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII).
How are hedge funds trading Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, compared to 17 funds a quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in PII over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the most valuable position in Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII), worth close to $15.9 million, corresponding to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $15.7 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Curtis Macnguyen’s Ivory Capital (Investment Mgmt) and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset 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.