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Is E.W. Scripps Co (SSP) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at E.W. Scripps Co (NYSE:SSP) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is E.W. Scripps Co (NYSE:SSP) a superb stock to buy now? Investors who are in the know are surely turning bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings moved up by 2 lately. In this way, there were 10 hedge funds in our database with SSP positions at the end of the last quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SSP to other stocks including SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU), Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE:NP), and Universal Corp (NYSE:UVV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in E.W. Scripps Co (NYSE:SSP)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 25% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 9 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in SSP heading into this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the largest position in E.W. Scripps Co (NYSE:SSP), worth close to $123.5 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jeffrey Bronchick of Cove Street Capital, with a $17.2 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Marc Lisker, Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan’s MSDC Management, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Steve Ketchum’s Sound Point Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.

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