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Here is the 22nd Most Popular Stock Among 752 Hedge Funds

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The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the September quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and compare it against Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), and Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM).

Is Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is becoming less confident. The number of bullish hedge fund positions fell by 4 recently. Nevertheless, our calculations also showed that CMCSA ranked 22nd overall among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (see the video below). CMCSA was in 82 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 86 hedge funds in our database with CMCSA positions at the end of June.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds
5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

According to most stock holders, hedge funds are perceived as underperforming, outdated investment tools of years past. While there are over 8000 funds trading at present, We choose to focus on the upper echelon of this group, approximately 750 funds. These hedge fund managers watch over the majority of the smart money's total capital, and by monitoring their top equity investments, Insider Monkey has deciphered various investment strategies that have historically outrun the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey's flagship short hedge fund strategy outpaced the S&P 500 short ETFs by around 20 percentage points per annum since its inception in May 2014. Our portfolio of short stocks lost 27.8% since February 2017 (through November 21st) even though the market was up more than 39% during the same period. We just shared a list of 7 short targets in our latest quarterly update .

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We're going to take a gander at the fresh hedge fund action regarding Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA).

Hedge fund activity in Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)

At Q3's end, a total of 82 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -5% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CMCSA over the last 17 quarters. So, let's examine 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, Eagle Capital Management was the largest shareholder of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), with a stake worth $1534.7 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Eagle Capital Management was First Pacific Advisors, which amassed a stake valued at $473.5 million. Arrowstreet Capital, AQR Capital Management, and BlueSpruce Investments were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position BlueDrive Global Investors allocated the biggest weight to Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), around 16.52% of its portfolio. 3G Capital is also relatively very bullish on the stock, earmarking 15.87 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CMCSA.

Judging by the fact that Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, we can see that there was a specific group of fund managers who sold off their full holdings in the third quarter. It's worth mentioning that Renaissance Technologies dumped the biggest stake of the "upper crust" of funds tracked by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $207.3 million in stock. Aaron Cowen's fund, Suvretta Capital Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $87.6 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds in the third quarter.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). We will take a look at Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP), and Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM). This group of stocks' market values match CMCSA's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position NVS,28,1708118,-2 PFE,55,3767946,3 PEP,57,3744859,2 TM,11,243035,3 Average,37.75,2365990,1.5 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 37.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2366 million. That figure was $6385 million in CMCSA's case. PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) is more popular among hedge funds. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 34.7% in 2019 through November 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 8.5 percentage points. Unfortunately CMCSA wasn't nearly as popular as these 20 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on CMCSA were disappointed as the stock returned -0.2% during the fourth quarter (through 11/22) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds as 70 percent of these stocks already outperformed the market in Q4.

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

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