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Hedge Funds Not Overly Impressed by WhiteWave Foods Co (WWAV) Sale

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE:WWAV).

Is WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE:WWAV) a bargain? Money managers are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets inched up by 1 lately. 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 LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:LPL), Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY), and Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the recent action surrounding WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE:WWAV).

What have hedge funds been doing with WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE:WWAV)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a mere 3% increase from the previous quarter. Considering WhiteWave agreed to be acquired by Danone during the quarter, the muted uptick in hedge fund ownership is somewhat surprising, as event-driven funds usually pile into such stocks. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, James Dinan’s York Capital Management has the most valuable position in WhiteWave Foods Co (NYSE:WWAV), worth close to $270.9 million, corresponding to 8.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Arrowgrass Capital Partners, managed by Nick Niell, which holds a $268 million position; the fund has 3.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism comprise Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital and Robert Emil Zoellner’s Alpine Associates.

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