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Is Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX).

Is Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) a sound investment today? Prominent investors are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went down by seven recently. However, 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 The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Toronto-Dominion Bank (USA) (NYSE:TD), and QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX).

How have hedgies been trading Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX)?

A total of 46 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Starbucks Corporation at the end of September, which represents a decline of 13% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management has the number one position in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), worth close to $113.5 million, corresponding to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, with a $108.5 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish comprise Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management, Ryan Pedlow’s Two Creeks Capital Management, and Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management.

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