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Is PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) in this article.

When it comes to PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), it seems like hedge funds are in a bearish mood, as the number of long hedge fund bets fell by one in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare PEP to other stocks including International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE:UL), and Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to view the new action encompassing PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP).

Hedge fund activity in PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP)

At the end of September, 57 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long PepsiCo, down by 2% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management has the largest position in PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), worth close to $957.4 million, comprising 8.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management, with a $824.8 million position; the fund has 3.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism encompass Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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