A market correction in the third quarter, spurred by a number of global macroeconomic concerns ended up having a negative impact on the markets and many hedge funds as a result. The stocks of smaller companies were especially hard hit during this time as investors fled to investments seen as being safer. This is evident in the fact that the Russell 2000 ETF underperformed the S&P 500 ETF by 14 percentage points between June 25 and the end of October. We also received indications that hedge funds were trimming their positions amid the market volatility and uncertainty, and given their greater inclination towards smaller cap stocks than other investors, it follows that a stronger sell-off occurred in those stocks. Let’s study the hedge fund sentiment to see how those concerns affected their ownership of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) during the quarter.
Is SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) worth your attention right now? Investors who are in the know are selling. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were cut by 3 in recent months. SEAS was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with SEAS positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as MSG Networks Inc (NYSE:MSGN), TESARO Inc (NASDAQ:TSRO), and Globalstar, Inc. (NYSEMKT:GSAT) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to review the new action regarding SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS).
What does the smart money think about SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 9% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital has the biggest position in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS), worth close to $60.6 million, accounting for 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Sheffield Asset Management, managed by Craig C. Albert, which holds a $35.4 million position; 5.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management, Stephen V. Raneri’s LionEye Capital Management and Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management.