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CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. CTL was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with CTL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:TYC), Pearson PLC (ADR) (NYSE:PSO), and Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the fresh action regarding CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL).
Hedge fund activity in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a reduction of 23% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the biggest position in CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL), worth close to $70.5 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by HBK Investments, led by David Costen Haley, holding a $39.1 million call position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.