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Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF) investors should pay attention to a stark decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late. LGF was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 40 hedge funds in our database with LGF positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LGF to other stocks including NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ:NUVA), Two Harbors Investment Corp (NYSE:TWO), and Black Stone Minerals LP (NYSE:BSM) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the new action surrounding Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF).
What does the smart money think about Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 30% drop from the previous quarter. That fall dropped hedge fund ownership of Lions Gate to its lowest level in the last year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Mark Rachesky’s MHR Fund Management has the biggest position in Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF), worth close to $603.9 million, accounting for 42.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $88.4 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Eric Bannasch’s Cadian Capital, Curtis Macnguyen’s Ivory Capital (Investment Mgmt) and David Goel and Paul Ferri’s Matrix Capital Management.