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Is BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK).

Is BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) ready to rally soon? The smart money is in an optimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 3 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare BLK to other stocks including The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB), and BT Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:BT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s analyze the key action encompassing BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK).

What does the smart money think about BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up 11% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the most valuable position in BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), worth close to $77.3 million and corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Markel Gayner Asset Management, led by Tom Gayner, holding a $56.4 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

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