Hedge Funds Are Overweight New Media Investment Group Inc (NEWM)

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest in or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM).

Is New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 2 recently. New Media Investment Group Inc was in 22 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with New Media Investment Group Inc holdings 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, or vice versa, as we’ll see. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Customers Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:CUBI), HealthStream, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSTM), and IntelliPharmaCeutics International Inc. (TSE:I) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the latest action surrounding New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM).

Hedge fund activity in New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM)

At Q3’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a fall of 8% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or had already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors has the largest position in New Media Investment Group Inc (NYSE:NEWM), worth close to $59.7 million, corresponding to 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Trishield Capital Management, managed by Jeff Buick, which holds an $18.9 million position; 20.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, George McCabe’s Portolan Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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