Hedge Funds Are Selling Echostar Corporation (SATS)

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 or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS).

Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS) has seen a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. 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 Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS), Tesoro Logistics LP (NYSE:TLLP), and Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRT) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s check out the fresh action surrounding Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a trim of 3% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS). According to its latest quarterly report, the fund has an $83.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Kensico Capital, led by Michael Lowenstein, holding a $74.6 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management, Adam Fox and Samuel Elder’s Altalis Capital Partners and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.