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Marten Transport, Ltd (MRTN): Hedge Fund Sentiment Unchanged

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN).

Hedge fund interest in Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare MRTN to other stocks, including Del Taco Restaurants Inc (NASDAQ:TACO), Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC), and LGI Homes Inc (NASDAQ:LGIH) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action surrounding Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN).

Hedge fund activity in Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN)

At the Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, 12th Street Asset Management, managed by Michael O’Keefe, holds the largest position in Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN). The fund has a $7.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.8% of its 13F portfolio. On 12th Street Asset Management’s heels is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $5.5 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management and Paul Hondros’s AlphaOne Capital Partners.