Wallace R. Weitz & Co. Increases Holding of XO Group Inc (XOXO)

Wallace Weitz is optimistic about the prospects of XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO) and has increased his fund’s holding of the stock. In a recently amended filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Wallace R. Weitz & Co. has disclosed an increase from 2.65 million to 2.80 million shares, which account for 10.44% of the company’s common shares. This is the second time this year that Weitz increases his position in XO Group, after adding approximately 30,000 shares in January.

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Hedge fund guru Jim Simons is also bullish on XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO). His fund, Renaissance Technologies, has reported an 30% increase in its holding for the fourth quarter of 2013 to 648,300 shares valued at $9.63 million. David E. Shaw is also optimistic and has increased his fund’s stake by 15%. In its latest 13F filing, D E Shaw has reported ownership of approximately 268,700 shares worth about $4 million. John W. Rogers, has, on the other hand, decided to reduce his fund’s investment during the same period to 1.11 million shares valued at $16.6 million.

A consumer internet and media company, XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO) has a market cap of $275 million and does not pay a dividend. The stock is traded at a trailing Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 44.xx, significantly higher than the industry average of 28.70. So far in 2014 the stock has fallen 31% to a current price of $10.23 per share. For the 2013 fourth quarter, XO Group has posted revenues of $32.6 million and earnings per share of $0.02, missing expectations. Analysts predict revenues of $31 million and EPS of $0.01 for Q1 of 2014. The stock is touted mainly as a Hold.

Wallace Weitz has increased his fund’s stakes Redwood Trust, Inc. (NYSE:RWT) and Intelligent Systems Corporation (NYSEMKT:INS) earlier this year. Wallace R. Weitz & Co. currently holds 6.12 million Redwood Trust shares, which account for 7.73% of the company’s common stock, and 2.27 million shares of Intelligent Systems or a quarter of the total number of shares outstanding.

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