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Hedge Funds Heading for Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT)’s Exits

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The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.

Is Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The best stock pickers are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund positions fell by 11 in recent months. 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 Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL), The Progressive Corporation (NYSE:PGR), and Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) 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 Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT).

What have hedge funds been doing with Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 54 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 17% dip from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital has the most valuable position in Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT), worth close to $281.8 million, amounting to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $239.5 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include D E Shaw, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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