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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Anymore

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD).

Is McDonald’s Corporation a great stock to buy now? Hedge funds have taken a slightly pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions shrunk by 6 in recent months. MCD was in 75 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 81 hedge funds in our database with MCD 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 Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), and AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD).

Hedge fund activity in McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD)

Heading into Q4, a total of 75 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management has the biggest position in McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD), worth close to $1.1607 billion, amounting to 10.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Mason Hawkins’ Southeastern Asset Management, with a $831.7 million position; 7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish contain Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Howard Guberman’s Gruss Asset Management.

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