What Smart Money Thinks About The Walt Disney Company (DIS)?

Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

The stock that we are going to discuss in this article is The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). During the third quarter, this company registered an increase in hedge fund sentiment, as the number of investors from our database long the stock went up to 51 from 44. However, 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 Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM), and Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action encompassing The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS).

Hedge fund activity in The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)

As stated earlier, a total of 51 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in The Walt Disney Company, up by 16% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Lansdowne Partners, managed by Alex Snow, holds the most valuable position in The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS). Lansdowne Partners has a $890.4 million position in the stock, comprising 7.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, which holds a $810 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital.