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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (HMHC)

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC).

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. HMHC investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with HMHC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HMHC to other stocks including Xenia Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:XHR), Stamps.com Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP), and Descartes Systems Group (USA) (NASDAQ:DSGX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 25% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HMHC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find 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, Anchorage Advisors, led by Kevin Michael Ulrich and Anthony Davis, holds the most valuable position in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC). Anchorage Advisors has a $269.4 million position in the stock, comprising 27.6% of its 13F portfolio. On Anchorage Advisors’ heels is Glenn J. Krevlin of Glenhill Advisors, with a $125 million position; the fund has 7.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Gilchrist Berg’s Water Street Capital, Marc Lasry’s Avenue Capital and Jonathan Savitz’s Greywolf Capital Management. 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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