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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCK) Anymore

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Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK) in this article.

Is Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK) worth your attention right now? The smart money is becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets retreated by 3 lately. DISCK was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with DISCK positions 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 Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX), and Philippine Long Distance Telephone (ADR) (NYSE:PHI) to gather more data points.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 13% drop from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership has mostly trended down over the last year, hitting a yearly low at the end of September. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Manor Road Capital Partners, managed by John Ku, holds the largest position in Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK). Manor Road Capital Partners has a $73.7 million position in the stock, comprising 10.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Wallace Weitz of Wallace R. Weitz & Co., with a $57.2 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management and Edward Goodnow’s Goodnow Investment Group.

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