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Hedge Funds Are Selling Sabre Corp (SABR)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. SABR was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 36 hedge funds in our database with SABR 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 Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG), and W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of -19% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key 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, Jim Davidson and Dave Roux and Glenn Hutchins’ Silver Lake Partners has the most valuable position in Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR), worth close to $845.9 million, accounting for 17.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Maverick Capital, managed by Lee Ainslie, which holds a $602.2 million position; 7.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital, James Crichton’s Hitchwood Capital Management and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management.

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