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How Genuine Parts Company (GPC) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.

Is Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 1 lately. GPC was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with GPC 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 Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NYSE:AMTD), and Grupo Televisa SAB (ADR) (NYSE:TV) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the key action surrounding Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC).

How are hedge funds trading Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 5% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC). GAMCO Investors has a $198.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is David Harding of Winton Capital Management, with a $41.8 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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