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Is General Communication, Inc. (GNCMA) A Good Stock To Buy?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA).

General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 CSW Industrials Inc (NASDAQ:CSWI), Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE:ANW), and Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the key action surrounding General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA).

What have hedge funds been doing with General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards GNCMA over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world has the biggest position in General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA), worth close to $9.1 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, which holds a $2.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors. 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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