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Smart Money Likes Where Tripadvisor Inc (TRIP) Is Headed

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. At the end of this article we will also compare TRIP to other stocks including Ingredion Inc (NYSE:INGR), KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), and Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to go over the new action surrounding Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP).

What have hedge funds been doing with Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 21% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management has the number one position in Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ:TRIP), worth close to $204.6 million, comprising 3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Highfields Capital Management, managed by Jonathon Jacobson, which holds a $98.3 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish encompass David Fear’s Thunderbird Partners, David Greenspan’s Slate Path Capital and Michael Sidhom’s Immersion Capital.

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