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Is The New York Times Company (NYT) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT)

What’s more, let’s study the recent info about The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT).

What have hedge funds been doing with The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 44% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

According to our 13F database, JHL Capital Group, managed by James H. Litinsky, holds the biggest position in The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT). JHL Capital Group has a $108.4 million position in the stock, comprising 16.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Irving Kahn of Kahn Brothers, with a $59.6 million position; the fund has 9.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital.

Consequently, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. JHL Capital Group, managed by James H. Litinsky, established the most outsized position in The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT). JHL Capital Group had 108.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Irving Kahn’s Kahn Brothers also initiated a $59.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new NYT positions are Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital.

What have insiders been doing with The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT). These stocks are Media General, Inc. (NYSE:MEG), The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), and The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP). This group of stocks are the members of the publishing – newspapers industry and their market caps are similar to NYT’s market cap.

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