News Corp (NWSA): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The third-quarter stock market correction has turned out to resemble the situation observed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The two relatively short-lived corrections occurred at a time with stable interest rates, falling commodity markets, with strong-performing technology and healthcare sectors, and struggling energy sector. Similarly, the two corrections followed long periods without a correction, which had to come sooner or later and it did. Even so, several prominent hedge fund investors publicly asserted their bearish view on the current state of the U.S. equity markets, suggesting that they significantly cut their exposure to equities during the latest quarter. Having said that, it would be worthwhile to take a look at the hedge fund sentiment on News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.

News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. At the end of this article we will also compare NWSA to other stocks including AGL Resources Inc. (NYSE:GAS), Gildan Activewear Inc (USA) (NYSE:GIL), and Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action regarding News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA).

What does the smart money think about News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA). Pzena Investment Management has a $378.5 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is International Value Advisers, led by Charles de Vaulx, holding a $269.3 million position; 7.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management and Craig C. Albert’s Sheffield Asset Management.

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