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Hedge Funds Are Buying Stryker Corporation (SYK)

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Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) in this article.

Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. At the end of this article we will also compare SYK to other stocks including Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), and Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the fresh action encompassing Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK).

How have hedgies been trading Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up 9% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management has the biggest position in Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK), worth close to $147.2 million and comprising 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Alyeska Investment Group, led by Anand Parekh, holding a $111.8 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

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