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Is Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) a buy, sell, or hold? Investors who are in the know are getting less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets were cut by 6 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare ALK to other stocks including Open Text Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:OTEX), Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE:WES), and ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s review the new action regarding Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK).
What have hedge funds been doing with Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 14% drop from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management has the largest position in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK), worth close to $299.8 million, amounting to 4.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which holds a $160.4 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital and Brad Gerstner’s Altimeter Capital Management.