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Hedge fund interest in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. The stock was held by 36 hedge funds at the end of September, same as at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare DD to other stocks including Banco Santander, S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:SAN), Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB), and BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Nelson Peltz’s Trian Partners has the most valuable position in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD), worth close to $1.1687 billion, comprising 11.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jonathon Jacobson of Highfields Capital Management, with a $522.8 million position; the fund has 4.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, Mason Hawkins’ Southeastern Asset Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.