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 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA).
Is 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are in a bearish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets decreased by 6 recently. WUBA was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with WUBA holdings 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 Zillow Inc (NASDAQ:Z), Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC), and Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALGN) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA).
Hedge fund activity in 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA)
At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Lei Zhang’s Hillhouse Capital Management has the biggest position in 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA), worth close to $264.5 million, corresponding to 5.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Platinum Asset Management, led by Kerr Neilson, holding a $173.5 million position; the fund has 4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of J Kevin Kenny Jr’s Emerging Sovereign Group, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Wang Chen’s Serenity Capital.