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Do Hedge Funds Love Weibo Corp (WB)?

Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. This time it may be different. During the first 6 weeks of the fourth quarter we observed increased volatility and small-cap stocks underperformed the market. Hedge fund investor letters indicated that they are cutting their overall exposure, closing out some position and doubling down on others. Let’s take a look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. Our calculations also showed that WB isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s take a glance at the latest hedge fund action encompassing Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB).

How have hedgies been trading Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 15% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 21 hedge funds with a bullish position in WB at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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More specifically, Platinum Asset Management was the largest shareholder of Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB), with a stake worth $102.6 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Platinum Asset Management was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $38.3 million. Oaktree Capital Management, Renaissance Technologies, and Citadel Investment Group were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Oaktree Capital Management, managed by Howard Marks, initiated the largest position in Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB). Oaktree Capital Management had $29.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $28.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) but similarly valued. These stocks are Nomura Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NMR), Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE:SNN), and CGI Group Inc. (NYSE:GIB). This group of stocks’ market caps match WB’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NMR 2 38756 -2
SWKS 25 1037653 -2
SNN 9 307918 2
GIB 15 305867 4
Average 12.75 422549 0.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 12.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $423 million. That figure was $289 million in WB’s case. Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Nomura Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:NMR) is the least popular one with only 2 bullish hedge fund positions. Weibo Corp (NASDAQ:WB) 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 SWKS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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