Although the masses and most of the financial media blame hedge funds for their exorbitant fee structure and disappointing performance, these investors have proved to have great stock picking abilities over the years (that’s why their assets under management continue to swell). We believe hedge fund sentiment should serve as a crucial tool of an individual investor’s stock selection process, as it may offer great insights of how the brightest minds of the finance industry feel about specific stocks. After all, these people have access to smartest analysts and expensive data/information sources that individual investors can’t match. So should one consider investing in Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI)? The smart money sentiment can provide an answer to this question.
Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. MSI investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with MSI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX), Cenovus Energy Inc (USA) (NYSE:CVE), and Oneok Partners LP (NYSE:OKS) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the latest action regarding Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI).
What have hedge funds been doing with Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -3% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, holds the most valuable position in Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI). Orbis Investment Management has a $675.4 million position in the stock, comprising 4.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holding a $101.7 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions comprise Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.