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NutriSystem Inc. (NTRI): Hedge Funds’ Holdings Are Losing Weight

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Is NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions shrank by 4 lately. 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 Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW), TCP Capital Corp (NASDAQ:TCPC), and Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE:VSI) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 17% drop from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership has fallen by 30% over the last 4 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).


Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI). Renaissance Technologies has a $75.2 million position in the stock. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors, with a $14.3 million position. Other peers with similar optimism contain Richard Driehaus’ Driehaus Capital, Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

Due to the fact that NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there was a specific group of hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings by the end of the third quarter. Intriguingly, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP sold off the largest stake of all the hedgies watched by Insider Monkey, totaling an estimated $2.4 million in call options, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $0.5 million worth of shares. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI). These stocks are Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW), TCP Capital Corp (NASDAQ:TCPC), Vitamin Shoppe Inc (NYSE:VSI), and Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE:WTW). This group of stocks’ market caps match NTRI’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
BW 20 198761 0
TCPC 6 7938 -3
VSI 13 132387 -2
WTW 12 44533 -6

As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $96 million. That figure was $153 million in NTRI’s case. Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc (NYSE:BW) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand TCP Capital Corp (NASDAQ:TCPC) is the least popular one with only 6 bullish hedge fund positions. NutriSystem Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRI) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are pouring money into. In this regard BW might be a better candidate to consider a long position in.

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