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Is GCI Liberty, Inc. (GLIBA) A Good Stock To Buy?

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GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. GLIBA was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 37 hedge funds in our database with GLIBA positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that gliba isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s check out the recent hedge fund action encompassing GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA).

How have hedgies been trading GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -3% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 47 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GLIBA a year ago. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

No of Hedge Funds with GLIBA Positions

The largest stake in GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA) was held by FPR Partners, which reported holding $488.3 million worth of stock at the end of March. It was followed by Eagle Capital Management with a $339.6 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Southeastern Asset Management, Makaira Partners, and D E Shaw.

Judging by the fact that GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA) has witnessed falling interest from hedge fund managers, it’s easy to see that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Mitch Kuflik and Rob Sobel’s Brahman Capital dropped the biggest stake of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, totaling close to $19.2 million in stock. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds last quarter.

Let’s now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA). These stocks are Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL), XPO Logistics Inc (NYSE:XPO), National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI), and Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to GLIBA’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HXL 25 176354 2
XPO 26 2005525 -18
NATI 28 604817 -1
HTA 19 458711 2
Average 24.5 811352 -3.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 24.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $811 million. That figure was $1903 million in GLIBA’s case. National Instruments Corporation (NASDAQ:NATI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) is the least popular one with only 19 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks GCI Liberty, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLIBA) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on GLIBA as the stock returned 6% during the same period and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were clearly right about piling into this stock relative to other stocks with similar market capitalizations.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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