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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Anymore

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP).

Automatic Data Processing investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. At the end of this article we will also compare ADP to other stocks including American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB), and Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s review the key action encompassing Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP).

What does the smart money think about Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -24% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Andy Brown’s Cedar Rock Capital has the number one position in Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP), worth close to $342 million, amounting to 8.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Winton Capital Management, managed by David Harding, which holds a $101 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

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