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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (CCO) Anymore

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Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO)Is Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) a cheap investment now? Hedge funds are getting less optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 2 recently.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a look at the key action regarding Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’s Canyon Capital Advisors had the largest position in Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), worth close to $35.1 million, accounting for 5.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Kenneth Mario Garschina of Mason Capital Management, with a $31.3 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include David Abrams’s Abrams Capital Management, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors and Meridee A. Moore’s Watershed Asset Management.

Seeing as Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) has faced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies that elected to cut their positions entirely heading into Q2. At the top of the heap, John M. Angelo and Michael L. Gordon’s Angelo Gordon & Co dropped the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at an estimated $10.1 million in stock., and Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into Q2.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO). These stocks are Millennial Media, Inc. (NYSE:MM), MDC Partners Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:MDCA), National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI), Valassis Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCI), and Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB). This group of stocks are the members of the marketing services industry and their market caps are closest to CCO’s market cap.

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