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Smart Money is Pouring into Saia Inc (SAIA)

Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility however, as small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they were cutting their overall exposure, closing out some positions and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Is Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA) a bargain? The best stock pickers are becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions shot up by 9 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare SAIA to other stocks including Atento SA (NYSE:ATTO), HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY), and Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action regarding Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA).

Hedge fund activity in Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an 82% gain from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Anchorage Advisors, managed by Kevin Michael Ulrich and Anthony Davis, holds the number one position in Saia Inc (NASDAQ:SAIA). Anchorage Advisors has a $67.8 million position in the stock, comprising 2.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Anchorage Advisors’ heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $51.2 million position; 0.3% of his mutual fund’s 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass John Brennan’s Sirios Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment Management.

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