The hedge fund sentiment was comparatively lower for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS) with 24 hedge funds holding $390.17 million worth of stock, versus 33 funds with $495.07 million a quarter earlier. Josh Resnick’s Jericho Capital Asset Management held 1.12 million shares of the casino operator valued at $61.78 million at the end of March.
Moreover, MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) witnessed an inflow of capital during the first three months of the year to $1.76 billion from $1.45 billion a year earlier, while the number of hedge funds holding positions in the company was up to 58 from 45. Among the funds we track, York Capital Management, led by James Dinan, had 9.94 million shares of MGM Resorts in its portfolio valued at $209.09 million.
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