Is Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.
Is Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) a first-rate investment today? Prominent investors are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets went up by 3 recently. ADSK was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 35 hedge funds in our database with ADSK positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ADSK to other stocks including Host Hotels and Resorts Inc (NYSE:HST), Skyworks Solutions Inc (NASDAQ:SWKS), and Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action surrounding Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK).
How have hedgies been trading Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up 9% from one quarter earlier. 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 holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital has the number one position in Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), worth close to $959 million and corresponding to 16% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Sachem Head Capital, led by Scott Ferguson, holding a $932.3 million position; 46% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish encompass Eric W. Mandelblatt’s Soroban Capital Partners, John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital and David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management.