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Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with CYOU 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 Ring Energy Inc (NYSEMKT:REI), THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCRD), and Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action encompassing Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU).
Hedge fund activity in Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 100% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CYOU heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Changyou.Com Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:CYOU), worth close to $14.6 million, corresponding to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Rob Citrone of Discovery Capital Management, with a $14 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Ernest Chow and Jonathan Howe’s Sensato Capital Management, Yi Xin’s Ariose Capital and D E Shaw. We should note that Sensato Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.