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Is Perrigo Company plc (PRGO) A Good Stock To Buy?

Reymerlyn Martin

The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their December 31 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO) for your portfolio? We'll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world's most elite money managers of late. Our calculations also showed that PRGO isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let's take a peek at the fresh hedge fund action surrounding Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO).

What does the smart money think about Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 10% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 27 hedge funds with a bullish position in PRGO a year ago. So, let's review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Starboard Value LP, managed by Jeffrey Smith, holds the most valuable position in Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO). Starboard Value LP has a $389.1 million position in the stock, comprising 12% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Stephen DuBois of Camber Capital Management, with a $85.3 million position; the fund has 4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise D. E. Shaw's D E Shaw, Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group and Peter Muller's PDT Partners.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds were leading the bulls' herd. Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, initiated the most valuable position in Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO). Marshall Wace LLP had $7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management also initiated a $3.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Harding's Winton Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel's Two Sigma Advisors, and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management.

Let's now review hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO). These stocks are Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA), Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:PK), Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP), and H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB). This group of stocks' market values match PRGO's market value.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position HTA,17,394094,1 PK,17,482603,2 HP,27,428815,-6 HRB,18,251709,0 Average,19.75,389305,-0.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 19.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $389 million. That figure was $556 million in PRGO's case. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Healthcare Trust Of America Inc (NYSE:HTA) is the least popular one with only 17 bullish hedge fund positions. Perrigo Company plc (NYSE:PRGO) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. Our calculations showed that top 15 most popular stocks) among hedge funds returned 24.2% through April 22nd and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 7 percentage points. Hedge funds were also right about betting on PRGO as the stock returned 26.9% and outperformed the market by an even larger margin. Hedge funds were rewarded for their relative bullishness.

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

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