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Is PPG Industries, Inc. (PPG) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Like everyone else, elite investors make mistakes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show elite investors’ consensus picks have done well on average. The top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters. S&P 500 Index returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what elite funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we take a closer look at PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG) from the perspective of those elite funds.

PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. At the end of this article we will also compare PPG to other stocks including Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ:LBTYA), Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:RBS), and Eaton Corporation, PLC Ordinary Shares (NYSE:ETN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the recent action regarding PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG).

Hedge fund activity in PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -8% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Principal Global Investors, holds the largest position in PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG). Columbus Circle Investors has a $136.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is John Overdeck and David Siegel of Two Sigma Advisors, with a $89.6 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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