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Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) was in 54 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of March. MDLZ investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers in recent months. There were 50 hedge funds in our database with MDLZ holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that MDLZ isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q1 rankings and see the video for a quick look at the top 5 stocks). Video: Watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.
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[caption id="attachment_30574" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Nelson Peltz of Trian Partners[/caption]
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How have hedgies been trading Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ)?
Heading into the second quarter of 2020, a total of 54 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 47 hedge funds with a bullish position in MDLZ a year ago. With hedgies' sentiment swirling, there exists an "upper tier" of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
The largest stake in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) was held by Trian Partners, which reported holding $793.5 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Diamond Hill Capital with a $233.1 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Two Sigma Advisors, Hillhouse Capital Management, and D E Shaw. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Trian Partners allocated the biggest weight to Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), around 11.44% of its 13F portfolio. Bronson Point Partners is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 7.86 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to MDLZ.
As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. Diamond Hill Capital, managed by Ric Dillon, assembled the most valuable position in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ). Diamond Hill Capital had $233.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell's Arrowstreet Capital also made a $42.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Paul Marshall and Ian Wace's Marshall Wace LLP, Mark Coe's Intrinsic Edge Capital, and Steven Boyd's Armistice Capital.
Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks - not necessarily in the same industry as Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) but similarly valued. We will take a look at HDFC Bank Limited (NYSE:HDB), General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), American Express Company (NYSE:AXP), and BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK). This group of stocks' market valuations are similar to MDLZ's market valuation.
[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position HDB,38,1852582,-1 GE,58,3531845,-2 AXP,57,15414059,-1 BLK,38,678087,-5 Average,47.75,5369143,-2.25 [/table]
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 47.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $5369 million. That figure was $2218 million in MDLZ's case. General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand HDFC Bank Limited (NYSE:HDB) is the least popular one with only 38 bullish hedge fund positions. Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) 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 7.9% in 2020 through May 22nd but beat the market by 15.6 percentage points. Unfortunately MDLZ wasn't nearly as popular as these 10 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on MDLZ were disappointed as the stock returned -0.8% 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.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.