Is Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments. More recently the top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters (S&P 500 Index funds returned only 7.6% during the same period).
Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL) investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. SRCL was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with SRCL 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 Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ADR) (NYSE:ASX), Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY), and Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to go over the latest action surrounding Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL).
How are hedge funds trading Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 18% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has the biggest position in Stericycle Inc (NASDAQ:SRCL), worth close to $187.5 million, accounting for 2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Echo Street Capital Management, run by Greg Poole, which holds a $41.3 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish encompass Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital.