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Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (PNK): Small Sell-off Witnessed, But Smart Money Still Bullish

At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost Group, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of the mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (NYSE:PNK) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 34 hedge funds in our database with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc to other stocks including Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), Imperva Inc (NYSE:IMPV), and Manitowoc Company, Inc. (NYSE:MTW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the new action surrounding Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (NYSE:PNK).

Hedge fund activity in Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (NYSE:PNK)

At Q3’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 12% drop from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Parag Vora’s HG Vora Capital Management has the most valuable position in Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc (NYSE:PNK), worth close to $192.9 million, amounting to 23% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro of PAR Capital Management, with a $51.5 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include D E Shaw, Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital, and Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’ Canyon Capital Advisors.

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