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Is HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (HDB) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB) from the perspective of those elite funds.

HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. 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 BT Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:BT), Statoil ASA (ADR) (NYSE:STO), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the latest action regarding HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB).

Hedge fund activity in HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, run by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in HDFC Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:HDB). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $586.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital, with a $290.1 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Ryan Pedlow’s Two Creeks Capital Management, Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital and Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital.

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