Here is What Hedge Funds Think About The New York Times Company (NYT)

The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

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Equally as integral, positive insider trading activity is another way to break down the stock market universe. Just as you’d expect, there are many reasons for an upper level exec to drop shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would initiate a purchase. Various empirical studies have demonstrated the useful potential of this tactic if shareholders understand what to do (learn more here).

With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a glance at the key action regarding The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT).

What does the smart money think about The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Irving Kahn’s Kahn Brothers had the most valuable position in The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT), worth close to $50.5 million, comprising 7.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is James H. Litinsky of JHL Capital Group, with a $15.2 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Judging by the fact that The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) has faced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies who were dropping their positions entirely heading into Q2. Intriguingly, Mike Vranos’s Ellington cut the largest investment of the 450+ funds we monitor, worth about $0.6 million in stock.. David Costen Haley’s fund, HBK Investments, also cut its stock, about $0.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT). These stocks are Media General, Inc. (NYSE:MEG), The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), and The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP). This group of stocks are the members of the publishing – newspapers industry and their market caps match NYT’s market cap.