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How McKesson Corporation (MCK) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Like everyone else, elite investors make mistakes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show elite investors’ consensus picks have done well on average. 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 returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what elite funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we will take a closer look at McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) from the perspective of those investors.

McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) registered a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. There were 59 investors long the stock at the end of September, down from 66 hedge funds in our database with MCK holdings a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare MCK to other stocks including Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP), The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK), and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s view the new action surrounding McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK).

How have hedgies been trading McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK)?

As mentioned previously, during the third quarter, the number of investors long McKesson Corporation declined by 11% to 59. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors has the number one position in McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), worth close to $208.4 million, accounting for 9.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Southpoint Capital Advisors’s heels is PAR Capital Management, led by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro, holding a $176.8 million position; 2.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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