VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (VIP): Hedge Fund Sentiment Unchanged

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VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. 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 Mednax Inc. (NYSE:MD), Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE:AJG), and Synopsys, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNPS) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP).

How are hedge funds trading VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, flat over the quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Abrams Capital Management, managed by David Abrams, holds the number one position in VimpelCom Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:VIP). Abrams Capital Management has a $42 million position in the stock, comprising 3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Josh Resnick’s Jericho Capital Asset Management, with a $30.7 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, Howard Marks’ Oaktree Capital Management, and Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital.

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