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Is Lincoln National Corporation (LNC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The market has been volatile due to elections and the potential of another Federal Reserve rate increase. Small cap stocks have been on a tear, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has outperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of June. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be getting back in stocks, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why small-cap stocks are red hot. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare LNC to other stocks including Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), Duke Realty Corp (NYSE:DRE), and Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier, and still well off the stock’s hedge fund ownership level a year earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, East Side Capital (RR Partners), managed by Steven Richman, holds the most valuable position in Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC). East Side Capital (RR Partners) has a $161.3 million position in the stock, comprising 7.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $137 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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