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Hedge Funds Are Selling YPF SA (ADR) (YPF)

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As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF) in this article.

Is YPF SA (ADR) a bargain? Prominent investors are becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 2 in recent months. YPF was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 34 hedge funds in our database with YPF 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 STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM), United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR), and Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ:FLEX) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF).

How are hedge funds trading YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Soros Fund Management, managed by George Soros, holds the most valuable position in YPF SA (ADR) (NYSE:YPF). Soros Fund Management has a $154.3 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Discovery Capital Management, led by Rob Citrone, holding a $78.4 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Tom Wagner and Ara Cohen’s Knighthead Capital, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management and Michael Weinstock’s Monarch Alternative Capital.

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