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After Sharp Q2 Fall, Hedge Fund Interest in Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) Rebounds in Q3

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small-cap stocks, especially when they are screened well, can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) an excellent investment now? Prominent investors are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 1 recently. ESRX was in 52 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 51 hedge funds in our database with ESRX positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE), Telefonica S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TEF), and Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 52 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 2% rise from the second quarter of 2016. While not much of a gain, it does represent a rebound from the steep drop off witnessed in the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Bob Peck and Andy Raab’s FPR Partners has the biggest position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX), worth close to $384.8 million, comprising 8.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cedar Rock Capital, managed by Andy Brown, which holds a $349.8 million position; 8.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that are bullish encompass John Shapiro’s Chieftain Capital, D E Shaw, founded by David E. Shaw, and Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital.

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