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China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (HTHT): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 2 recently.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a peek at the recent action regarding China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT).

Hedge fund activity in China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT)When looking at the hedgies we track, Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, holds the most valuable position in China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT). Lone Pine Capital has a $18.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Lone Pine Capital’s heels is Lei Zhang of Hillhouse Capital Management, with a $3.6 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company.

As industrywide interest jumped, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Chilton Investment Company, managed by Richard Chilton, established the most outsized position in China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT). Chilton Investment Company had 0.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also made a $0.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter.

How have insiders been trading China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to China Lodging Group, Ltd (ADR) (NASDAQ:HTHT). These stocks are Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (REIT) (NYSE:RHP), 7 DAYS GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED(ADR) (NYSE:SVN), Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:HMIN), and Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH). All of these stocks are in the lodging industry and their market caps are closest to HTHT’s market cap.

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