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Is SAP AG (ADR) (SAP) Going to Burn Investors?

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

Is SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP) a buy at the moment? The best stock pickers are indeed selling. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings shrank by 2 recently. 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 BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), and Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 22% drop from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in SAP at the beginning of this year, which has also dipped by 1 in 2016. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the largest position in SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP). Fisher Asset Management has a $564 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $250.5 million position. Other members of the smart money that are bullish include William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. We should note that Orbis Investment Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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