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Is Kansas City Southern (KSU) 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 Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) .

Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 35 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare KSU to other stocks including Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR), LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ), and Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action encompassing Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU).

Hedge fund activity in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)

At Q3’s end, a total of 35 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in KSU over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Stockbridge Partners, led by Sharlyn C. Heslam, holds the biggest position in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU). Stockbridge Partners has a $106.1 million position in the stock, comprising 5.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Jonathon Jacobson of Highfields Capital Management, with a $104.5 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that are bullish contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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