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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Liberty Broadband Corp (LBRDK)

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Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. LBRDK was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 34 hedge funds in our database with LBRDK holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that LBRDK isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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COATUE MANAGEMENT

We’re going to check out the key hedge fund action regarding Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK).

How have hedgies been trading Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 9% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 50 hedge funds with a bullish position in LBRDK at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with LBRDK Positions

The largest stake in Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK) was held by Coatue Management, which reported holding $729.6 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Soros Fund Management with a $614.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Eagle Capital Management, SQ Advisors, and Hound Partners.

Consequently, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Atalan Capital, managed by David Thomas, established the most valuable position in Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK). Atalan Capital had $24.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Stephen J. Errico’s Locust Wood Capital Advisers also made a $12.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new LBRDK positions are John Shapiro’s Chieftain Capital, Jorge Paulo Lemann’s 3G Capital, and Noam Gottesman’s GLG Partners.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK). We will take a look at Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC), Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL), Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), and Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL). This group of stocks’ market valuations match LBRDK’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
OMC 19 725400 6
BLL 20 466727 0
CTXS 37 2448498 5
NBL 26 994521 -6
Average 25.5 1158787 1.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.16 billion. That figure was $3.46 billion in LBRDK’s case. Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK) 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 CTXS might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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