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Will Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) Burn These Bullish Hedge Funds?

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Many investors, including Carl Icahn and Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that the current market is overvalued due to a low interest rate environment that leads to companies swapping their equity for debt and focusing mostly on short-term performance such as beating the quarterly earnings estimates. In the third quarter, many investors lost money due to unpredictable events such as the concerns over Valeant’s drug pricing policy that led to an overall drop among pharma stocks. Nevertheless, many of the stocks that tanked in the third quarter still sport strong fundamentals and their decline was more related to the general market sentiment rather than their individual performance and hedge funds kept their bullish stance as a result. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment towards Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) changed recently.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. Gannett Co., Inc. was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with Gannett Co., Inc. positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GCI to other stocks including Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MLI), DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE:DFT), and Planet Fitness Inc (NYSE:PLNT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the recent action encompassing Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI).

What does the smart money think about Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 21% rise from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital LP has the number one position in Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), worth close to $110.2 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting in the two-spot is D E Shaw, which holds a $16.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish include Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Kenneth Squire’s 13D Management.

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