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Is The Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action encompassing The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG).

What have hedge funds been doing with The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 27 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 29% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG)When looking at the hedgies we track, Christian Leone’s Luxor Capital Group had the largest position in The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG), worth close to $338.7 million, comprising 6.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $174.9 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism include John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments, Mason Hawkins’s Southeastern Asset Management and John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Newbrook Capital Advisors, managed by Robert Boucai, established the biggest position in The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG). Newbrook Capital Advisors had 34.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $8.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new MSG positions are George Soros’s Soros Fund Management, Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What have insiders been doing with The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG). These stocks are Bona Film Group Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:BONA), World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE), IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX), Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV), and Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA). This group of stocks are the members of the entertainment – diversified industry and their market caps are closest to MSG’s market cap.

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