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Should You Avoid Graham Holdings Co (GHC)?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC) .

Is Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC) undervalued? Prominent investors are actually taking a pessimistic view, judging by the number of investors tracked by Insider Monkey long the stock inched down by two to 17 during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GHC to other stocks including Ellie Mae Inc (NYSE:ELLI), Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC), and Inovalon Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:INOV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the key action surrounding Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC).

Hedge fund activity in Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC)

At the end of the third quarter, 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC), down by 11% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in GHC at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Mason Hawkins’ Southeastern Asset Management has the largest position in Graham Holdings Co (NYSE:GHC), worth close to $380.1 million, amounting to 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Berkshire Hathaway, led by Warren Buffett, holding a $51.8 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Scott Wallace’s Wallace Capital Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that Southeastern Asset Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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