Smart Money Is Not Sold On Under Armour Inc (UA) Turnaround

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Is Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments. More recently the top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters (S&P 500 Index funds returned only 7.6% during the same period).

Is Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) a buy right now? The smart money is taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets were cut by 3 in recent months. UA was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with UA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare UA to other stocks including Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:HIG), International Paper Company (NYSE:IP), and Realty Income Corp (NYSE:O) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 10% dip from one quarter earlier. That followed a large Q2 increase however, so ownership still remains solidly above levels from earlier quarters. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA), worth close to $64.6 million. Coming in second is Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $61.5 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish consist of Michael Hintze’s CQS Cayman LP, Principal Global Investors’ Columbus Circle Investors and Kamyar Khajavi’s MIK Capital.

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