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Biz media biased against Yahoo

November 16, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Eric Jackson of Forbes.com writes about how the business news media seem biased toward Facebook and against Yahoo.

Jackson writes, “Yet the mainstream business media – some might say ‘lamestream’ business media — presents these buying patterns related to Facebook as a sign that the ‘smart money’ — in their words, ‘the top hedge fund stock pickers’ — is bullish once again on Facebook.

“The implication is perhaps you, dear reader, should too consider getting long some Facebook shares, if you want to do as the top stock pickers do.

“I loved this line in the piece:

The well-regarded $10 billion endowment of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also added a position in Facebook of 411,000 shares in the quarter. The school is located just a few miles away from Harvard University, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg famously dropped out in 2004 to found the company.

“Really? It’s well-regarded by whom?  Never you mind.  They have $10 billion under management.  What’s the size of your IRA?  Of course, they must be smart if they manage an endowment.  I suppose it’s reasonable to assume these money managers must have rubbed shoulders with Mark Zuckerberg in the Cambridge bars back 10 years ago when he was there.  And they must have decided, 10 years hence, I’m going to make a big bet on this kid with my employer’s money.

“So how much did MIT pony up?  $7.8 million.  That’s million… with a capital ‘M.’  That’s not even 1% of their AUM.  That’s 0.078%.  If 1% is a dollar.  They bet 7.8 cents of $1.  Someone call the MIT President: we’ve got some drunken money managers running the alum’s money.

“The most amazing part of the story is that in the last 3 paragraphs of the story they casually mention another tech name that hedge fund managers seem to like: Yahoo (YHOO).

“It so happens that Chase Coleman of Tiger Global — the big spender of all the smart hedge fund managers who bought Facebook – also bought some Yahoo shares last quarter: 25 million shares. That’s about double the sized stake that he put to work in Facebook.  Yet, Reuters mentions it as an afterthought.”

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