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Do Hedge Funds Love Gannett Co Inc (GCI)?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Gannett Co Inc (NYSE:GCI) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Gannett Co Inc (NYSE:GCI) an excellent investment today? Investors who are in the know are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings experienced an increase of 2 recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with GCI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GCI to other stocks including Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), OM Asset Management PLC (NYSE:OMAM), and Sothebys (NYSE:BID) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Gannett Co Inc (NYSE:GCI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 13% from one quarter earlier, soaring to a yearly high. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GCI over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Gannett Co Inc (NYSE:GCI) which has a $13.9 million position in the stock. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Anthony Scaramucciá’s Skybridge Capital holding a $10.5 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments. 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.

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