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Do Hedge Funds Love Manchester United PLC (MANU)?

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Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.

Is Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are actually actually taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings were cut by 2 lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with MANU holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MANU to other stocks including United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X), Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc (NYSE:BXMT), and Columbia Property Trust Inc (NYSE:CXP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

At Insider Monkey, we’ve developed an investment strategy that has delivered market-beating returns over the past 12 months. Our strategy identifies the 100 best-performing funds of the previous quarter from among the collection of 700+ successful funds that we track in our database, which we accomplish using our returns methodology. We then study the portfolios of those 100 funds using the latest 13F data to uncover the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks (market caps of between $1 billion and $10 billion) among them to hold until the next filing period. This strategy delivered 18% gains over the past 12 months, more than doubling the 8% returns enjoyed by the S&P 500 ETFs.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU).

How have hedgies been trading Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 22% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MANU heading into this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Alex Snow’s Lansdowne Partners has the largest position in Manchester United PLC (NYSE:MANU), worth close to $83.4 million, amounting to 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Lomas Capital Management, led by Daniel Lascano, holding a $14 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners. 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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