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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Momo Inc (MOMO)

Nina Todic

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Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. Our calculations also showed that MOMO isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We're going to review the fresh hedge fund action regarding Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO).

How are hedge funds trading Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 45% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in MOMO over the last 13 quarters. So, let's see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with MOMO Positions

More specifically, Renaissance Technologies was the largest shareholder of Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO), with a stake worth $327.9 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Renaissance Technologies was Jericho Capital Asset Management, which amassed a stake valued at $222.6 million. GLG Partners, Three Bays Capital, and Sylebra Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Three Bays Capital, managed by Matthew Sidman, assembled the most valuable position in Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO). Three Bays Capital had $55.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert Boucai's Newbrook Capital Advisors also initiated a $46.7 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MOMO investors: Glen Kacher's Light Street Capital, Edmond M. Safra's EMS Capital, and Richard Driehaus's Driehaus Capital.

Let's go over hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO) but similarly valued. These stocks are Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ:Z), BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA), iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (NASDAQ:ACWI), and AGNC Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC). This group of stocks' market caps are closest to MOMO's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position Z,22,755335,-14 BWA,22,724710,-2 ACWI,8,119261,0 AGNC,15,216291,4 Average,16.75,453899,-3 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 16.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $454 million. That figure was $1.29 billion in MOMO's case. Zillow Group Inc (NASDAQ:Z) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (NASDAQ:ACWI) is the least popular one with only 8 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Momo Inc (NASDAQ:MOMO) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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