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Do Hedge Funds Love LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (LFL)?

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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 LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL) ? The smart money sentiment can provide an answer to this question.

LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with LFL positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:ENH), Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action regarding LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL).

What have hedge funds been doing with LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 60% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards LFL over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the largest position in LATAM Airlines Group SA (ADR) (NYSE:LFL), worth close to $17 million, amounting to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $14.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management. We should note that Impala Asset Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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