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Is Fang Holdings Ltd (NYSE:SFUN) worth your attention right now? Hedge funds are indeed actually turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund investments were cut by 1 lately. SFUN was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with SFUN positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ:SANM), Taylor Morrison Home Corp (NYSE:TMHC), and Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ:NEOG) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the new action regarding Fang Holdings Ltd (NYSE:SFUN).
How are hedge funds trading SouFun Holdings Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SFUN)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -8% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in SFUN over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, OZ Management, led by Daniel S. Och, holds the most valuable position in Fang Holdings Ltd (NYSE:SFUN). OZ Management has a $61.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Lei Zhang of Hillhouse Capital Management, with a $6.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.