Between June 25 and October 30th the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) lagged the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points as investors worried over the possible ramifications of rising interest rates. The hedge funds and institutional investors we track typically invest more in smaller-cap stocks than an average investor, and we have seen data that shows those funds paring back their overall exposure. Those funds cutting positions in small-caps is one reason why volatility has increased. In the following paragraphs, we take a closer look at what hedge funds and prominent investors think of Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.
Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. SOHU has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with SOHU positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SOHU to other stocks including Celestica Inc. (USA) (NYSE:CLS), Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB), and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s view the new action regarding Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU).
What does the smart money think about Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -26% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exist a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, holds the biggest position in Sohu.com Inc (NASDAQ:SOHU). Orbis Investment Management has an $285.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Lei Zhang of Hillhouse Capital Management, with an $68.2 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.