Concerns over a shift in Fed’s easy monetary policy have hit several hedge funds hard during the third quarter. A number of sectors are in correction territory. More importantly, Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points between June 25, 2015 and October 30, 2015. Hedge funds and institutional investors tracked by Insider Monkey usually invest a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks. We have been receiving indications that hedge funds were paring back their overall exposure and this is one of the factors behind the recent movements in major indices. In this article, we will take a closer look at hedge fund sentiment towards AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX).
AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. 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 Cytec Industries Inc (NYSE:CYT), Liberty Broadband Corp (NASDAQ:LBRDK), and Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the new action surrounding AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX).
How have hedgies been trading AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 26% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exist a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the largest position in AMC Networks Inc (NASDAQ:AMCX). Citadel Investment Group has a $140.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holding a $106.9 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Clifford Fox’s Columbus Circle Investors, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.