As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) in this article.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has seen a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. BBRY was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with BBRY holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BBRY to other stocks, including LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO), Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), and Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s view the key action encompassing BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY).
How have hedgies been trading BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by 22% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings has the number one position in BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), worth close to $286.2 million, corresponding to 26.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $75.2 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Nelson Obus’s Wynnefield Capital.