Is Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) 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).
Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. EXPD was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with EXPD holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare EXPD to other stocks including Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS), and CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 5% rise from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership of EXPD has trended down slightly over the past year, though remaining in a narrow range. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the biggest position in Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD), worth close to $248.9 million, amounting to 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is International Value Advisers, managed by Charles de Vaulx, which holds a $127.5 million position; the fund has 3.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism contain Douglas Dossey and Arthur Young’s Tensile Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.