Although the masses and most of the financial media blame hedge funds for their exorbitant fee structure and disappointing performance, these investors have proved to have great stock picking abilities over the years (that’s why their assets under management continue to swell). We believe hedge fund sentiment should serve as a crucial tool of an individual investor’s stock selection process, as it may offer great insights of how the brightest minds of the finance industry feel about specific stocks. After all, these people have access to smartest analysts and expensive data/information sources that individual investors can’t match. So should one consider investing in Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK)? The smart money sentiment can provide an answer to this question.
During the third quarter, the number of bullish hedge fund bets inched down by one, but the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC), Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDA), and Spirit Realty Capital Inc (NYSE:SRC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK).
How have hedgies been trading Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK)?
Among the funds in the Insider Monkey database, 42 funds were bullish on Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK) at the end of September, down by 2% from the end of the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, George Soros’ Soros Fund Management holds the biggest position in Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK). Soros Fund Management has a $636.1 million position in the stock, comprising 15.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Soroban Capital Partners, led by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holding a $635.6 million position; the fund has 3.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners, and Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co..