As the major indices are in the green on Wednesday, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) shares have inched down on the news that its Chief Financial Officer, Jody Feragen, will retire on October 30. Taking Feragen’s place will be James Sheehan, who is currently the Chief Accounting Officer. After surging to a high of $44, Hormel Foods shares have retraced and are now down 11.3% year-to-date. Shares trade for a forward P/E of 21.5 and yield a 1.67% dividend. Analysts have a $40.50 consensus price target. Among hedge funds, Hormel Stock is not very popular, although during the first quarter the number of funds with long positions went up.
Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) in this article.
Hormel Foods Corporation was included in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March, compared to 15 hedge funds in our database with HRL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HRL to other stocks including TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL), Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV), and Equinix Inc (NASDAQ:EQIX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the most valuable position in Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), worth close to $98.4 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $66.7 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock.
In addition, let’s take a look at some funds that initiated substantial positions in Hormel Foods during the first quarter.