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Should You Buy Lendingtree Inc (TREE)?

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Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ:TREE) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare TREE to other stocks including GasLog Ltd (NYSE:GLOG), Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:BHE), and Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ:TREE)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 29 hedge funds with a bullish position in TREE at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Coatue Management, led by Philippe Laffont, holds the most valuable position in Lendingtree Inc (NASDAQ:TREE). Coatue Management has a $45.6 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Alyeska Investment Group, led by Anand Parekh, which holds an $18.2 million position. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Eric Semler’s TCS Capital Management and Ryan Frick and Oliver Evans’ Dorsal Capital Management. We should note that Dorsal Capital 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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