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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD) Anymore

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As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in the third quarter, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) in this article.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. CHD was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with CHD positions 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 XL Group plc (NYSE:XL), Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), and KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action encompassing Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD).

How are hedge funds trading Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD), worth close to $101.8 million, corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $57.3 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish encompass David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

Seeing as Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) has experienced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that elected to cut their entire stakes by the end of the third quarter. Interestingly, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management said goodbye to the largest position of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, valued at an estimated $22.4 million in stock. Matthew Tewksbury’s fund, Stevens Capital Management, also dropped its stock, about $3.9 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds by the end of the third quarter.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) but similarly valued on the next page.

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