Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Vector Group Ltd (VGR) Anymore

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR).

Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. VGR was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with VGR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare VGR to other stocks including DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co (NASDAQ:HMHC), and Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ:BRKR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the key action surrounding Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 11% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR), worth close to $130.8 million, amounting to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Blue Mountain Capital, managed by Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, which holds a $29.4 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.