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Hedge Funds Are Selling Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD)

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD).

Is Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) a good investment today? Hedge funds are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions fell by 4 recently. 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 Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT), SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA), and EverBank Financial Corp (NYSE:EVER) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s check out the fresh action encompassing Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD).

How have hedgies been trading Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -15% 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 (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Fairholme (FAIRX), managed by Bruce Berkowitz, holds the most valuable position in Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD). Fairholme (FAIRX) has an $602.3 million position in the stock, comprising 17.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Edward Lampert’s ESL Investments, with an $505 million position; 32.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock.

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