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. This time it may be different. During the third quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. CMLS was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with CMLS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CMLS to other stocks including Assembly Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:ASMB), Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALLT), and Emerge Energy Services LP (NYSE:EMES) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the latest action regarding Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS).
How have hedgies been trading Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -9% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Geoffrey Raynor’s Q Investments (Specter Holdings) has the biggest position in Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS), worth close to $5.4 million, accounting for 3.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Highland Capital Management, managed by James Dondero, which holds a $4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors, Gordy Holterman and Derek Dunn’s Overland Advisors and Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co..