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Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (LYV): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV) was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. LYV investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with LYV holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LYV to other stocks including Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD), Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY), and Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc (NYSE:EVHC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 3% from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership of LYV peaked at the end of Q1, with 38 hedgies long the stock. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the number one position in Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV), worth close to $78.6 million. Coming in second is Thomas E. Claugus of GMT Capital, with a $74.4 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, and Ram Seshan Venkateswaran’s Vernier Capital.

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