Time Warner, Viacom, Comcast, Disney Among The Top 10 Media Picks of the Hedge Fund Industry

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After identifying the most popular stocks among hedge funds (see our entire Top 10 here) according to their third quarter 13F filings, we have decided to break down the top ten stocks that hedge funds love in the media industry. Many of these media companies should see positive growth from a rebounding entertainment industry—driven by healthy TV ad and subscription growth. Our list includes the hundreds of hedge funds and prominent investors that are required by the SEC to disclose their public equity holdings quarterly. In descending order, we have outlined the most-loved media stocks based on the aggregate number of funds owning each.

Julian Robertson

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) had 33 filers owning the stock, putting it in tenth. Charter has an incalculable trailing P/E and trades at over 100x forward earnings. We would be cautious with this cable and broadcasting company as it expects to only grow earnings at 1% annually over the next five years. Charter Communications is one of the billionaire Julian Robertson’s most loved mid-cap stocks (check out the Tiger’s full 5 here).

Time Warner Cable Inc (NYSE:TWC) found itself in ninth with 35 filers. Time Warner Cable trades at the low end of the industry at 14x earnings. With a 12.5% five-year expected earnings growth rate, Time Warner trades with a 1.0 PEG and pays a dividend yield of 2.3%. This portion of the Time Warner split provides video and high-speed data.

Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) had 37 filers owning the stock at the end of 3Q and came in as eighth. This media company trades in line with its major peers at 18x, and is up almost 10% over the last month after beating 3Q EPS estimates by more than 80%. This Time Warner split segment is the media and broadcasting business, but is expected to grow at only 10% over the next five years compared to Time Warner Cable.

Liberty Interactive Corp (NASDAQ:LINTA) came in tied for sixth with 40 filers owning the stock. This video and online commercial company trades at 18x trailing earnings, but only 15x forward earnings and has a solid five-year expected earnings CAGR at 12%.

Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) was the other media stock tied for sixth with 40 filers owning the company at the end of 3Q. This entertainment company trades at one of the cheapest valuations in the industry. With a 14x trailing P/E and only a 9x forward P/E we believe investors are getting a steal with Viacom shares. The media company also pays a 2% dividend yield.

Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA) saw a net increase of 8 filers – the largest increase of our ten stocks – and called 43 filers owners to be the fifth most popular media stock owned by hedge funds in 3Q. We remain cautious with Liberty Global given its incalculable trailing P/E and relatively high forward P/E of 25x. The video and Internet provider is also already up 50% year to date.

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