We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG).
Is Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know seem to be taking a bullish view, as the number of investors from our database long the stock rose by 15 to 71 during the third quarter. However, 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 Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD), and Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG).
How have hedgies been trading Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG)?
At the end of September, 71 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Procter & Gamble, a change of 27% from the end of the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the number one position in Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG), worth close to $6.51 billion, accounting for 10.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is OZ Management, led by Daniel S. Och, holding a $2.19 billion call position; 12.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management and Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital.