Hedge funds and other investment firms that we track manage billions of dollars of their wealthy clients’ money, and needless to say, they are painstakingly thorough when analyzing where to invest this money, as their own wealth depends on it. Regardless of the various methods used by elite investors like David Tepper and Dan Loeb, the resources they expend are second-to-none. This is especially valuable when it comes to small-cap stocks, which is where they generate their strongest outperformance, as their resources give them a huge edge when it comes to studying these stocks compared to the average investor, which is why we intently follow their activity in the small-cap space.
Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) was in 55 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. UNP shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 64 hedge funds in our database with UNP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare UNP to other stocks including Banco Santander, S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:SAN), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), and American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the new action encompassing Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP).
How have hedgies been trading Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 55 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -14% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the biggest position in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). Arrowstreet Capital has a $122.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $114.4 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise James Dinan’s York Capital Management, Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company and Charles Paquelet’s Skylands Capital.