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Do Hedge Funds Love Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE)?

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Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Is Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE) a bargain? Hedge funds are selling. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 5 in recent months. ICE was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with ICE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ICE to other stocks including PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the latest action regarding Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE).

How have hedgies been trading Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -12% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management has the biggest position in Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE:ICE), worth close to $530.2 million, comprising 4.7% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, which holds a $248.9 million position; the fund has 5.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management, Jacob Doft’s Highline Capital Management and Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital.

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