Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (HLT): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Most investors tend to think that hedge funds and other asset managers are worthless, as they cannot beat even simple index fund portfolios. In fact, most people expect hedge funds to compete with and outperform the bull market that we have witnessed over the past few years. However, hedge funds are generally partially hedged and aim at delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns rather than following the ups and downs of equity markets hoping that they will outperform the broader market. Our research shows that hedge funds do have great stock picking skills, so let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT).

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. HLT was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with HLT positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY), Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR), and St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the key action regarding Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT).

How have hedgies been trading Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a jump of 33% from the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management has the number one position in Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc (NYSE:HLT), worth close to $646.9 million, corresponding to 6.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Lone Pine Capital, led by Stephen Mandel, holding a $449.4 million position; the fund has 2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism encompass Jonathan Auerbach’s Hound Partners, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management.

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