Hedge Funds Are Selling Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (TEO)

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The successful funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE:TEO) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE:TEO) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Hedge funds are definitely in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 1 lately. TEO was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with TEO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TEO to other stocks including Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS), Tallgrass Energy Partners LP (NYSE:TEP), and Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE:TEO)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 9% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards TEO over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world has the biggest position in Telecom Argentina SA (ADR) (NYSE:TEO), worth close to $33.9 million. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is EMS Capital, led by Edmond M. Safra, holding a $18.9 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Kevin D. Eng’s Columbus Hill Capital Management, David Halpert’s Prince Street Capital Management and Joseph Oughourlian and Michel Brogard’s Amber Capital. We should note that Columbus Hill Capital Management is 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.

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