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Diageo plc (ADR) (DEO): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Does Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s briefly check the hedge fund sentiment towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail unconceivably on some occasions, but their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.

Is Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) ready to rally soon? The best stock pickers are becoming less hopeful. The number of long hedge fund positions decreased by 1 in recent months. Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO) holdings 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 Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG), and Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action surrounding Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO).

What have hedge funds been doing with Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 4% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital has the number one call position in Diageo plc (ADR) (NYSE:DEO), worth close to $307.2 million, amounting to 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Gardner Russo & Gardner, led by Tom Russo, holding a $249 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish encompass Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management, John Osterweis’ Osterweis Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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