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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (OEH)

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Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. OEH has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with OEH holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH)

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action regarding Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH).

How have hedgies been trading Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 111% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management had the largest position in Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH), worth close to $31.4 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is James Dinan of York Capital Management, with a $31.2 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, initiated the largest position in Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH). AQR Capital Management had 31.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James Dinan’s York Capital Management also made a $31.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new OEH positions are John Khoury’s Long Pond Capital, Ward Davis and Brian Agnew’s Caerus Global Investors, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

What have insiders been doing with Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH)?

Bullish insider trading is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH). These stocks are Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (REIT) (NYSE:RHP), 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED (ADR) (NYSE:SVN), China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT), and Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HMIN). This group of stocks belong to the lodging industry and their market caps are similar to OEH’s market cap.

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