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Is Tegna Inc (TGNA) A Good Stock To Buy?

Debasis Saha

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 821 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 March 31st, near the height of the coronavirus market crash. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA) based on that data.

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Parag Vora - HG Vora Capital

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How are hedge funds trading Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 53% from the fourth quarter of 2019. On the other hand, there were a total of 26 hedge funds with a bullish position in TGNA a year ago. So, let's check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

Is TGNA A Good Stock To Buy?

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, HG Vora Capital Management, managed by Parag Vora, holds the number one position in Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA). HG Vora Capital Management has a $162.9 million position in the stock, comprising 15.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, holding a $54.2 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management, Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann's TIG Advisors and Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis's Canyon Capital Advisors. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position HG Vora Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA), around 15.88% of its 13F portfolio. Litespeed Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 5.94 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to TGNA.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. TIG Advisors, managed by Carl Tiedemann and Michael Tiedemann, established the largest position in Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA). TIG Advisors had $27.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis's Canyon Capital Advisors also initiated a $23.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new TGNA positions are Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group, Sander Gerber's Hudson Bay Capital Management, and Joseph Samuels's Islet Management.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA). These stocks are Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE), FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE), BRF SA (NYSE:BRFS), and John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT). This group of stocks' market valuations are closest to TGNA's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position PE,45,437697,-7 FEYE,32,159577,2 BRFS,14,34760,0 JBT,12,69622,-4 Average,25.75,175414,-2.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 25.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $175 million. That figure was $377 million in TGNA's case. Parsley Energy Inc (NYSE:PE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Tegna Inc (NYSE:TGNA) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we'd rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. Our calculations showed that top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 41.4% in 2019 and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 10.1 percentage points. These stocks gained 8.3% in 2020 through the end of May but beat the market by 13.2 percentage points. Unfortunately TGNA wasn't nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on TGNA were disappointed as the stock returned 7.9% during the same time period and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 10 most popular stocks among hedge funds as many of these stocks already outperformed the market so far this year.

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

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