Hedge Funds Are Buying Tenet Healthcare Corp (THC)

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Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the key action surrounding Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC).

How are hedge funds trading Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 32% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, holds the biggest position in Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC). Glenview Capital has a $658.5 million position in the stock, comprising 6.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Griffin of Blue Ridge Capital, with a $100.9 million position; the fund has 1.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital, Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial and Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management.

Now, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Cobalt Capital Management, managed by Wayne Cooperman, initiated the most valuable position in Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC). Cobalt Capital Management had 26.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital also made a $21.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new THC positions are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Van Schreiber’s Bennett Lawrence Management, and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital.

Insider trading activity in Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Tenet Healthcare Corp (NYSE:THC). These stocks are HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA), LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPNT), Health Management Associates Inc (NYSE:HMA), Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS), and Community Health Systems (NYSE:CYH). All of these stocks are in the hospitals industry and their market caps are closest to THC’s market cap.

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