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. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Liberty Global plc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Is Liberty Global plc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA) ready to rally soon? The smart money seems to be becoming more confident, judging by the fact that the number of investors tracked by Insider Monkey long the stock inched up by one recently. However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:RBS), Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN), and Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the new action encompassing Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA).
How have hedgies been trading Liberty Global plc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA)?
At the end of September, 52 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Liberty Global, up by 2% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has the most valuable position in Liberty Global plc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA), worth close to $689.8 million, accounting for 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, with a $254.1 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.