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Lamar Advertising Co (LAMR): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. At the end of this article we will also compare LAMR to other stocks including Signet Jewelers Ltd. (NYSE:SIG), BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA), and iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (ETF) (NASDAQ:IBB) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action regarding Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR).

What does the smart money think about Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the most valuable position in Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR). Pzena Investment Management has a $116.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Gilchrist Berg of Water Street Capital, with a $45.7 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Brad Dunkley and Blair Levinsky’s Waratah Capital Advisors and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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