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Hedge Funds Are Buzzing About Echostar Corporation (SATS)

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS).

Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. SATS shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with SATS holdings 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 BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT), Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC), and Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the new action surrounding Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS).

Hedge fund activity in Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 22% climb from the previous quarter. Ownership of the stock among top hedge funds has now nearly rebounded to where it was a year earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the number one position in Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS). Renaissance Technologies has a $108.5 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Kensico Capital, led by Michael Lowenstein, holding a $64.9 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and Joseph A. Jolson’s Harvest Capital Strategies.

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