At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
Is Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) a good investment right now? The smart money seems to be getting less optimistic, as the number of long hedge fund bets dropped by four in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare BAX to other stocks including China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU), CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), and Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action encompassing Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX).
How are hedge funds trading Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX)?
A total of 50 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Baxter International, down by 7% compared to the end of June. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, holds the most valuable position in Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX). Third Point has a $2.4705 billion position in the stock, comprising 21.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $297.6 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.