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 TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.
TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG) was in 44 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. TDG investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 42 hedge funds in our database with TDG positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare TDG to other stocks including Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX), Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), and W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG).
What does the smart money think about TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 44 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 5% bump from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, holds the number one position in TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE:TDG). Lone Pine Capital has a $650.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.9% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Sharlyn C. Heslam of Stockbridge Partners, with a $440.4 million position; 21.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism contain Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group, Dan Loeb’s Third Point and John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital.