Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) was included in the equity portfolios of 33 funds tracked by us at the end of September. The company saw a slight decrease in hedge fund sentiment during the third quarter, as there had been 35 with NWSA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NWSA to other stocks, including AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER), American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), and Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the recent action regarding News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA).
How are hedge funds trading News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long News Corp, down by 6% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the number one position in News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA), worth close to $351.2 million, accounting for 2.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Pzena Investment Management’s heels is International Value Advisers, led by Charles de Vaulx, holding a $273 million position; 8.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital, and Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management.