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Is Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUSHA) a bargain? The smart money is taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions grew by 1 in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with RUSHA positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN), Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG), and Meritor Inc (NYSE:MTOR) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUSHA).
What have hedge funds been doing with Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUSHA)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 10% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards RUSHA over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ancient Art (Teton Capital), led by Quincy Lee, holds the number one position in Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUSHA). Ancient Art (Teton Capital) has a $27.9 million position in the stock, comprising 5.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Ancient Art (Teton Capital)’s heels is Magnolia Capital Fund, led by Adam Peterson, holding a $24.5 million position; 13.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Prescott Group Capital Management and Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.