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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Oi SA (ADR) (OIBR) Anymore

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Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR).

Hedge fund activity in Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR)

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the most valuable position in Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR). Arrowstreet Capital has a $13.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Harvard Management Co, managed by Jane Mendillo, which held a $3 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Since Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR) has experienced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there lies a certain “tier” of hedge funds that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Israel Englander’s Millennium Management said goodbye to the biggest stake of all the hedgies we track, comprising about $12.5 million in stock., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Oi SA (ADR) (NYSE:OIBR). These stocks are Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE:VG), Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT), Neustar Inc (NYSE:NSR), Telecom Argentina S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEO), and Cogent Communications Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI). This group of stocks are in the diversified communication services industry and their market caps match OIBR’s market cap.

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