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Hedge Funds Are Selling YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF)

Reymerlyn Martin

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC The 13F filings show the funds' and investors' portfolio positions as of September 30th. In this article, we look at what those funds think of YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) based on that data.

YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. YPF was in 17 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with YPF holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that YPF isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let's review the recent hedge fund action encompassing YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF).

What does the smart money think about YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -29% from the second quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in YPF over the last 13 quarters. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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More specifically, Baupost Group was the largest shareholder of YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF), with a stake worth $92.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Baupost Group was FinePoint Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $65.9 million. Knighthead Capital, Redwood Capital Management, and PEAK6 Capital Management were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.

Judging by the fact that YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) has witnessed a decline in interest from the smart money, it's easy to see that there is a sect of funds that elected to cut their positions entirely by the end of the third quarter. It's worth mentioning that Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management sold off the biggest investment of all the hedgies tracked by Insider Monkey, worth close to $19.4 million in call options. Ed Bosek's fund, BeaconLight Capital, also said goodbye to its call options, about $15.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 7 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF). We will take a look at Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDTI), JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU), New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ), and USG Corporation (NYSE:USG). This group of stocks' market caps are similar to YPF's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position IDTI,35,838486,19 JBLU,30,560163,3 NRZ,16,115070,-3 USG,21,2111110,0 Average,25.5,906207,4.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $906 million. That figure was $242 million in YPF's case. Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDTI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE:NRZ) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard IDTI might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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