Time Warner Inc (TWX): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) is a stock that has returned 28% since the start of the year, and its price-to-earnings multiple below 17x indicates that things aren’t totally out of control even with this appreciation. With that being said, one sect of the market seems to be taking their profits.

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Now that that’s out of the way, it’s important to examine the latest info about Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX).

How are hedge funds trading Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 55 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -11% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global had the most valuable position in Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX), worth close to $1.5329 billion, accounting for 8.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Viking Global’s heels is Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management, with a $686.6 million position; the fund has 7.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital and John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management.

Since Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) has faced dropping sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of hedge funds that slashed their entire stakes at the end of the second quarter. At the top of the heap, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management cut the largest stake of all the hedgies we watch, totaling close to $93.6 million in call options., and Alexander Mitchell of Scopus Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $28.8 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 7 funds at the end of the second quarter.

How are insiders trading Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) has seen 2 unique insiders buying, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX). These stocks are Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV), Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA), The Madison Square Garden Co (NASDAQ:MSG), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), and News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA). This group of stocks belong to the entertainment – diversified industry and their market caps match TWX’s market cap.

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