Do Hedge Funds Love Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOX)?

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Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) was in 49 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. FOX investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with FOX positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that FOX isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a peek at the fresh hedge fund action regarding Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX).

Hedge fund activity in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 49 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 14% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 35 hedge funds with a bullish position in FOX at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with FOX PositionsOf the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Eagle Capital Management, managed by Boykin Curry, holds the biggest position in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX). Eagle Capital Management has a $1.0843 billion position in the stock, comprising 3.7% of its 13F portfolio. On Eagle Capital Management’s heels is Yacktman Asset Management, led by Donald Yacktman, holding a $975.1 million position; the fund has 11.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group, Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management and Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital.

Consequently, key hedge funds have jumped into Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) headfirst. 3G Capital, managed by Jorge Paulo Lemann, created the most outsized position in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX). 3G Capital had $130.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital also made a $124 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new FOX positions are Isaac Corre’s Governors Lane, Shane Finemore’s Manikay Partners, and Steve Pigott’s Fort Baker Capital Management.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX). These stocks are The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), and Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to FOX’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
GS 57 6876991 -4
SLB 55 1514319 12
MS 51 4642452 2
SAN 19 754414 -1
Average 45.5 3447044 2.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 45.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $3.45 billion. That figure was $5.34 billion in FOX’s case. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard GS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.