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Hedge Funds Are Dumping The Washington Post Company (WPO)

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Post-Bezos, is The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) a buy?

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to study the newest info about The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO).

What does the smart money think about The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -5% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, holds the largest position in The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO). Berkshire Hathaway has a $835.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. On Berkshire Hathaway’s heels is Southeastern Asset Management, managed by Mason Hawkins, which held a $265.3 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Charles de Vaulx’s International Value Advisers, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments and Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner.

Since The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) has witnessed declining interest from the smart money’s best and brightest, logic holds that there exists a select few funds that slashed their full holdings at the end of the second quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Ben Levine Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners dropped the largest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, totaling an estimated $0.8 million in stock, and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser of Magnetar Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0.6 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds at the end of the second quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO). These stocks are TAL Education Group (ADR) (NYSE:XRS), K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN), Grand Canyon Education Inc (NASDAQ:LOPE), Apollo Group Inc (NASDAQ:APOL), and DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV). This group of stocks are in the education & training services industry and their market caps are similar to WPO’s market cap.

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