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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS)

Is Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. LVS shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with LVS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LVS to other stocks including Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL), Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW), and Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the new action regarding Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 53% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management has the biggest call position in Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), worth close to $48.7 million, amounting to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On PEAK6 Capital Management’s heels is Murray Stahl of Horizon Asset Management, with a $24.2 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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