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In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), which registered an increase in popularity among smart money investors from our database during the third quarter. Overall, 17 funds held shares of the company at the end of September. 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 Cascade Bancorp (NASDAQ:CACB), Revance Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:RVNC), and American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:AMID) to gather more data points.
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What does the smart money think about Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Ruth’s Hospitality Group, up by 6% over the quarter. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in RUTH heading into this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the biggest position in Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), worth close to $5.4 million. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital which holds a $5.3 million position. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.