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Should You Still Consider Investing in Honeywell (HON)?

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ClearBridge Investments, an investment management firm, published its “Large Cap Value Strategy” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. The ClearBridge Large Cap Value Strategy underperformed its Russell 1000 Value Index benchmark during the first quarter. On an absolute basis, the Strategy had gains in 10 of 11 sectors in which it was invested for the quarter. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

ClearBridge Investments, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ: HON), and shared their insights on the company. Honeywell International Inc. is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based multinational conglomerate company that currently has a $158.7 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, HON delivered a 7.36% return, extending its 12-month gains to 48.16%. As of June 08, 2021, the stock closed at $229.81 per share.

Here is what ClearBridge Investments has to say about Honeywell International Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

"The portfolio’s quality bias and valuation discipline have generated compelling returns over time with typically strong relative results in more challenging environments as it did through the first three quarters of 2020. However, that same quality bias tends to create a more challenging relative performance environment for the Strategy during periods of sharp economic acceleration, which tend to benefit stocks that are more commodity linked or of lower quality. This has been the case during the vaccine- and stimulus-driven rally experienced late last year and during the most recent quarter. Sectors that lagged in the quarter included industrials, Honeywell also lagged in the quarter after previously generating strong returns over extended periods."

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Our calculations show that Honeywell International Inc. (NASDAQ: HON) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Honeywell International Inc. was in 56 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 45 funds in the fourth quarter of 2020. HON delivered a 7.17% return in the past 3 months.

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