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Is Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ) 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 Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ).

So, is Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) a bargain? Prominent investors seem to be becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by two lately. 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 Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOXA), CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME), and CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the key action regarding Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ).

How are hedge funds trading Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ)?

A total of 67 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held shares of Constellation Brands at the end of September, down by 3% over the quarter. 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 substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital has the most valuable position in Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ), worth close to $967.1 million, accounting for 17.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital, with a $926.8 million position; 4.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish contain Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited, and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.

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