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See Which Of The Latest 13F Filers Holds Yahoo!
Joel Kornblau - Wednesday, February 15, 12:35 PM

At Holdings Channel, we have reviewed the latest batch of the 64 most recent 13F filings for the 12/31/2016 reporting period, and noticed that Yahoo! Inc (YHOO) was held by 13 of these funds. When hedge fund managers appear to be thinking alike, we find it is a good idea to take a closer look.

Before we proceed, it is important to point out that 13F filings do not tell the whole story, because these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short positions. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by shorting calls, for example, might also be long some amount of stock as they trade around their overall bearish position. This long component could show up in a 13F filing and everyone might assume the fund is bullish, but this tells only part of the story because the bearish/short side of the position is not seen.

Having given that caveat, we believe that looking at groups of 13F filings can be revealing, especially when comparing one holding period to another. Below, let's take a look at the change in YHOO positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:

FundNew Position?Change In Share CountChange In Market Value ($ in 1000's)
Credit Suisse AG Existing -2,490,119-$62,166
Owl Creek Asset Management L.P. Existing -48,975-$72,462
Claar Advisors LLC Existing +64,500+$964
Dorsal Capital Management LLC Existing -1,600,000-$77,820
Symphony Asset Management LLC NEW +5,000,000+$4,966
Earnest Partners LLC NEW +400+$15
Twin Securities Inc. Existing +276,085-$1,136
Squarepoint Ops LLC Existing -73,468-$3,355
Aristeia Capital LLC Existing -933,000-$70,677
Paloma Partners Management Co Existing -205,892-$10,203
Sterling Capital Management LLC Existing UNCH-$133
Starboard Value LP Existing UNCH-$54,483
Canyon Capital Advisors LLC Existing +4,066,308+$65,084
Aggregate Change: +4,055,839-$281,406

In terms of shares owned, we count 3 of the above funds having increased existing YHOO positions from 09/30/2016 to 12/31/2016, with 6 having decreased their positions and 2 new positions.

Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the YHOO share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held YHOO at the 12/31/2016 reporting period (out of the 2,765 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of YHOO shares those same funds held back at the 09/30/2016 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for YHOO. We found that between these two periods, funds increased their holdings by 1,666,414 shares in the aggregate, from 262,546,408 up to 264,212,822 for a share count increase of approximately 0.63%. The overall top three funds holding YHOO on 12/31/2016 were:

FundShares of YHOO Held
1.State Street Corp 35,280,317
2.BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. 23,024,254
3.Citigroup Inc. 13,729,097
4-10Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding YHOO

We'll keep following the latest 13F filings by hedge fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at the aggregate information across groups of managers between filing periods. While looking at individual 13F filings can sometimes be misleading due to the long-only nature of the information, the sum total across groups of funds from one reporting period to another can be a lot more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, like Yahoo! Inc (YHOO).

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