Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to determine those that can really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of over 700 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV).
Is Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV) an outstanding investment right now? The smart money is becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 4 recently. VNTV was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with VNTV 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 Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE:CSC), Icahn Enterprises LP (NASDAQ:IEP), and Credicorp Ltd. (USA) (NYSE:BAP) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s check out the fresh action surrounding Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV).
What have hedge funds been doing with Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -13% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management has the largest position in Vantiv Inc (NYSE:VNTV), worth close to $57.6 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ben Gambill’s Tiger Eye Capital, with a $40.9 million position; the fund has 5.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Gilchrist Berg’s Water Street Capital, Clifford Fox’s Columbus Circle Investors, and Lee Munder’s Lee Munder Capital Group.