Three Big Moves Made by Several Multi-Billion Dollar Hedge Funds

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Individual investors may find the stock picking process rather scary and troublesome, considering that there are thousands of listed companies on the major U.S exchanges. Although some filtering may significantly reduce the number of actively traded stocks, this process still requires time and skill that most individual investors do not have. After all, it seems close to impossible to beat the professionals who have limitless resources to conduct research on certain companies. Instead, one can closely examine hedge funds’ up-to-date moves by tracking their 13D and 13G filings, which offer more strong insights for active traders and investors. Having said that, the following article will examine three fresh 13G filings submitted by several multi-billion dollar hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey.

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In a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC, Tiger Global Management, founded by Chase Coleman, reported owning 9.90 million shares of Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS), which add up to 49.50 million American Depository Shares (ADSs). This compares with the position comprised of 17.44 million ADSs reported through the firm’s 13F filing for the September quarter. Meanwhile, the freshly-upped position accounts for 9.96% of the Chinese e-commerce company’s outstanding stock. The shares of Vipshop tanked last week after the release of its preliminary third quarter financial results, and are now down by 26% for the year. Vipshop reported total net revenue of $1.36 billion for the quarter, which grew by 63% year-over-year, but missed the company’s third quarter guidance. Its net income increased by 90% to roughly $50 million, but investors still worry about the effect of China’s economic slowdown on the company.

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Let’s take a quick look at the hedge fund sentiment on the stock, which actually proves the point made above. The number of hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey with positions in Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS) declined to 40 from 54 during the third quarter, while the value of their investments shrank to $1.43 billion from $2.19 billion. These top money managers accumulated 14.70% of the company’s shares on September 30. George Soros’ Soros Fund Management upped its position in Vipshop Holdings Ltd – ADR (NYSE:VIPS) by 1.13 million ADSs during the September quarter, ending the three-month period with 5.88 million ADSs.

The next page of the article discusses the freshly-made moves of Point72 Asset Management and Glenview Capital Management.

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