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Is Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 27 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), and Ingersoll-Rand PLC (NYSE:IR) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, same as in the second quarter of 2016. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK). Pzena Investment Management has a $222.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds a $139.6 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies.

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