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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Allegion plc (ALLE)

Abigail Fisher

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from nearly 750 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms' equity portfolios as of March 31. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE).

Is Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE) undervalued? Prominent investors are in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions shrunk by 4 lately. Our calculations also showed that ALLE isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We're going to view the recent hedge fund action surrounding Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE).

What does the smart money think about Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE)?

At Q1's end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -16% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 22 hedge funds with a bullish position in ALLE 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.

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Among these funds, Generation Investment Management held the most valuable stake in Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE), which was worth $323 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Intermede Investment Partners which amassed $64.7 million worth of shares. Moreover, Two Sigma Advisors, Echo Street Capital Management, and Citadel Investment Group were also bullish on Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Due to the fact that Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE) has witnessed falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it's safe to say that there were a few fund managers that decided to sell off their positions entirely in the third quarter. At the top of the heap, Daniel Lascano's Lomas Capital Management said goodbye to the biggest position of the "upper crust" of funds watched by Insider Monkey, valued at close to $14.1 million in stock. Matthew Tewksbury's fund, Stevens Capital Management, also sold off its stock, about $5.8 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 4 funds in the third quarter.

Let's check out hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE) but similarly valued. These stocks are Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM), Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT), Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), and Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA). All of these stocks' market caps resemble ALLE's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position TTM,12,115269,3 SRPT,44,1207021,3 CACC,28,1089976,6 LEA,40,804768,11 Average,31,804259,5.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 31 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $804 million. That figure was $496 million in ALLE's case. Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Allegion plc (NYSE:ALLE) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on ALLE as the stock returned 9.7% during the same time frame and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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