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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Emerson Electric Co. (EMR) Anymore

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The elite funds run by legendary investors such as Dan Loeb and David Tepper make hundreds of millions of dollars for themselves and their investors by spending enormous resources doing research on small cap stocks that big investment banks don’t follow. Because of their pay structures, they have strong incentive to do the research necessary to beat the market. That’s why we pay close attention to what they think in small cap stocks. In this article, we take a closer look at Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund bets were cut by 4 recently. EMR was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with EMR 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 Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW), Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KEP), and Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 13% fall from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership of the stock hit its lowest point in the last five quarters as of September 30. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the most valuable position in Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR). Adage Capital Management has a $94 million position in the stock. On Adage Capital Management’s heels is International Value Advisers, managed by Charles de Vaulx, which holds a $65.4 million position; 1.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that are bullish encompass Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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