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Is Johnson Controls International plc (JCI) 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 will analyze Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI) was included in the equity portfolios of 55 funds from our database at the end of the third quarter. JCI investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money, as there had been 32 funds with JCI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. However, 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 SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), and Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the new action encompassing Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI).

How are hedge funds trading Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI)?

A total of 55 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Johnson Controls at the end of September, which represents an increase of 72% over the quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy 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, Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich’s Scopia Capital has the largest position in Johnson Controls International plc Ordinary Share (NYSE:JCI), worth close to $278.8 million, comprising 4.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is JANA Partners, led by Barry Rosenstein, holding a $260.5 million position; 4.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism encompass John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors and Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global.

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