Is Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (SBGI) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI).

Hedge fund activity in Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI)

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 43% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI)Of the funds we track, SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, holds the most valuable position in Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI). SAC Capital Advisors has a $30.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Tiger Global Management LLC, managed by Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan, which held a $18.4 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management and Daniel Lewis’s Orange Capital.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have jumped into Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) headfirst. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, assembled the largest position in Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI). SAC Capital Advisors had 30.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan’s Tiger Global Management LLC also initiated a $18.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Daniel Lewis’s Orange Capital, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

How are insiders trading Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI). These stocks are Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCI), Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NXST), LIN TV Corp (NYSE:TVL), Belo Corp. (NYSE:BLC), and CTC Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTCM). This group of stocks are in the broadcasting – tv industry and their market caps are closest to SBGI’s market cap.