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Is Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC) a buy right now? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 1 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare SC to other stocks including Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR), and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a glance at the key action regarding Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC).
What does the smart money think about Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 4% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Amit Nitin Doshi’s Harbor Spring Capital has the biggest position in Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC), worth close to $48.4 million, amounting to 9.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jeffrey Tannenbaum of Fir Tree, with a $44.5 million position; the fund has 1.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital and Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors.