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Do Hedge Funds Love Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (VIV)?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE:VIV) .

Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE:VIV) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with VIV positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 AvalonBay Communities Inc (NYSE:AVB), General Growth Properties Inc (NYSE:GGP), and CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the new action regarding Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE:VIV).

How are hedge funds trading Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE:VIV)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 10% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in VIV at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the biggest position in Telefonica Brasil SA (ADR) (NYSE:VIV), worth close to $59.4 million, amounting to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Richard Driehaus of Driehaus Capital, with a $32.3 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include Howard Marks’s Oaktree Capital Management, David Halpert’s Prince Street Capital Management and David Kowitz and Sheldon Kasowitz’s Indus Capital. We should note that Indus Capital is 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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