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Is HD Supply Holdings Inc (HDS) Worthy Of Your Portfolio?

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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 HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS).

So, is HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are getting less optimistic, as the number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by seven to 40 during the third quarter. Nevertheless, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives, since 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 KT Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:KT), Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF), and Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the key action regarding HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS).

What have hedge funds been doing with HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS)?

A total of 40 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long HD Supply Holdings, down by 15% from the end of the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Blue Ridge Capital, managed by John Griffin, holds the largest position in HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS). Blue Ridge Capital has a $274.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners, with a $266.5 million position; 4.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions encompass Thomas Steyer’s Farallon Capital, David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

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