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Momo Inc (ADR) (MOMO) Surges on Buyout News and Hedge Funds Saw This Coming

Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO) surged by as high as 10% to $17.25 per share in intraday trading today, June 23, on news that the social networking company has received a buyout offer from a group which includes its co-founder, Tang Yan. Yan and his group, which already own 47.8% of the company, have offered $18.90 for each outstanding share of the company, a 20.5% premium over the stock’s closing price of $15.69 on Monday. Since the start of the year until Monday, the stock of the China-based company has gained 32.18%.

According to Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO), the group which has forwarded an offer to acquire the rest of the company includes Matrix Partners China II Hong Kong Ltd., Sequoia Capital China Investment Management L.P. and Huatai Ruilian Fund Management Co. Momo now has a special committee to study the merits of the offer.

It’s expected that shares of companies like Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO) which receive a tender offer surge on the news. However, it’s noteworthy to point out that smart money has seen the potential of the company even before this surge. Investors who are in the know are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by five during the first quarter.


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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the key action regarding Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO).

What do hedge funds think about Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on the company, a change of 100% from the fourth quarter. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, the funds we track owned $45.09 million in Momo stock. However, this value significantly increased to $114.94 million by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Considering that shares of Momo Inc plunged by 9.58% during the first quarter of the year, the increase of ownership signals a bullish sentiment from hedge funds.

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