Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with FOX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FOX to other stocks including Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK), Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action surrounding Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX).
What does the smart money think about Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 14% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 31 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FOX heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, ValueAct Capital, led by Jeffrey Ubben, holds the largest position in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $1.25 billion position in the stock, comprising 10.8% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Boykin Curry of Eagle Capital Management, with a $776 million position; the fund has 3.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management, William Duhamel’s Route One Investment Company and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital. 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.