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Is InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (IHG) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Is InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are indeed reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings dropped by 1 lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with IHG positions 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 Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP), Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB), and Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI) to gather more data points.

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We follow over 700 hedge funds and other institutional investors and by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings, we identify stocks that they are collectively bullish on and develop investment strategies based on this data. One strategy that outperformed the market over the last year involves selecting the 100 best-performing funds and identifying the 30 mid-cap stocks that they are collectively most bullish on. Over the past year, this strategy generated returns of 18%, topping the 8% gain registered by S&P 500 ETFs. We launched this strategy 2.5 years ago and it returned more than 39% since then, vs. 22% gain registered by the S&P 500 ETFs.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the recent action regarding InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG).

Hedge fund activity in InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -14% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in IHG over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

IHG Chart

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:IHG), worth close to $5.5 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Marshall Wace LLP, led by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $1.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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