Is Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY).

Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare SFLY to other stocks, including Talen Energy Corp (NYSE:TLN), Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC), and Apollo Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AINV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY).

Hedge fund activity in Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, flat over the quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fine Capital Partners, managed by Debra Fine, holds the biggest position in Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY). Fine Capital Partners has a $91 million position in the stock, comprising 8.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Marathon Partners, led by Mario Cibelli, holding a $59.7 million position; the fund has 25.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Marc Majzner’s Clearline Capital, Peter S. Park’s Park West Asset Management and Claus Moller’s P2 Capital Partners.