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Is SYSCO Corporation (SYY) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. SYY was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with SYY positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SYY to other stocks including Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU), and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, 6% higher compared to the second quarter of 2016, and hitting a yearly high. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Trian Partners, managed by Nelson Peltz, holds the largest position in SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY). The fund reportedly has a $2.15 billion position in the stock, comprising 21.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Donald Yacktman of Yacktman Asset Management, with a $700.5 million bet; 6.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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