Is Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.
Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. MSCI was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with MSCI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MSCI to other stocks including Ralph Lauren Corp (NYSE:RL), Sabre Corp (NASDAQ:SABR), and Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 4% uptick from one quarter earlier. While ownership of the stock among hedge funds has rebounded over the past 2 quarters, it has yet to return to its 2015 levels. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Darsana Capital Partners, managed by Anand Desai, holds the number one position in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI). Darsana Capital Partners has a $176.3 million position in the stock, comprising 8.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $68.4 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Philip Uhde’s Echinus Advisors, D E Shaw, and Michael R. Weisberg’s Crestwood Capital Management.