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Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ:TOUR) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with TOUR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TOUR to other stocks including Siliconware Precision Industries (ADR) (NASDAQ:SPIL), Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID), and Primo Water Corporation (NASDAQ:PRMW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action encompassing Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ:TOUR).
What does the smart money think about Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ:TOUR)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a boost of 75% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TOUR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Serenity Capital, led by Wang Chen, holds the biggest position in Tuniu Corp (NASDAQ:TOUR). According to regulatory filings, the fund has an $11.6 million position in the stock, comprising 3.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Wexford Capital, led by Charles Davidson, which manages a $0.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.