At Insider Monkey we don’t only analyze the quarterly 13F filings of over 730 smart money investors, but we also track their day-to-day moves disclosed via other filings with the SEC. Among the latest hedge fund moves, Jeff Ubben‘s ValueAct Capital reported trimming its stake in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI), while James H. Litinsky‘s JHL Capital Group disclosed an increased stake in Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS). In another filing, billionaire activist Carl Icahn reported further increasing its stake in Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LNG). Let’s take a closer look at these three moves.
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Activist fund ValueAct has been a long-term shareholder of Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) and in a recent 13F filing it disclosed selling some 1.83 million shares of the company, lowering its stake to 7.48 million shares. The shares have been sold in three transactions at an average price of $67.52 per unit and have lowered ValueAct’s stake in MSCI to 7.3% of the outstanding stock. According to its 13D filing, ValueAct reduced the stake as part of its “ongoing process of portfolio management”. The fund has a representative on Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI)’s board of directors, D. Robert Hale, who will keep his position and plans to run for reelection at the company’s 2016 annual meeting of shareholders. MSCI’s stock has gained over 12% since the beginning of October and is up by over 38% year-to-date. Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) is not very popular among the funds we track, although during the second quarter, the number of funds bullish on the stock went up by eight to 24. Moreover, these investors amassed over 17% of the company’s outstanding stock at the end of June.
Let’s move on to Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) and Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LNG), and take a look at JHL Capital and Carl Icahn’s latest move involving their stakes in the company.