Do Hedge Funds Love Morgans Hotel Group Co. (MHGC)?

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Is Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ:MHGC) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is altogether taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings inched up by 1 lately. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with MHGC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MHGC to other stocks including Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBRG), Key Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTEC), and UCP Inc (NYSE:UCP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the key action surrounding Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ:MHGC).

How have hedgies been trading Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ:MHGC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 11% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 13 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in MHGC heading into this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).


According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management has the number one position in Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ:MHGC), worth close to $6.3 million. Coming in second is Gordy Holterman and Derek Dunn of Overland Advisors which holds a $2.5 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.