Most investors tend to think that hedge funds and other asset managers are worthless, as they cannot beat even simple index fund portfolios. In fact, most people expect hedge funds to compete with and outperform the bull market that we have witnessed over the past few years. However, hedge funds are generally partially hedged and aim at delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns rather than following the ups and downs of equity markets hoping that they will outperform the broader market. Our research shows that hedge funds do have great stock picking skills, so let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON).
Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 48 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY), Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV), and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 48 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the most valuable position in Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), worth close to $209.5 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holding a $202.2 million position. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions contain Robert Polak’s Anchor Bolt Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.