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Is TE Connectivity Ltd (TEL) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Before we spend days researching a stock idea we’d like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. S&P 500 Index returned about 7.6% during the last 12 months ending November 21, 2016. Most investors don’t notice that less than 49% of the stocks in the index outperformed the index. This means you (or a monkey throwing a dart) have less than an even chance of beating the market by randomly picking a stock. On the other hand, the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds had an average return of 18% during the same period. Hedge funds had bad stock picks like everyone else. We are sure you have read about their worst picks, like Valeant, in the media over the past year. So, taking cues from hedge funds isn’t a foolproof strategy, but it seems to work on average. In this article, we will take a look at what hedge funds think about TE Connectivity Ltd (NYSE:TEL).

Is TE Connectivity Ltd (NYSE:TEL) an excellent investment now? The smart money is becoming less confident. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 2 recently. TEL was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with TEL positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE:BXP), Sun Life Financial Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SLF), and Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC) to gather more data points.

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How have hedgies been trading TE Connectivity Ltd (NYSE:TEL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 8% from the previous quarter, continuing the trend of ownership declines witnessed throughout the last year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC has the number one position in TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL), worth close to $431.2 million, accounting for 3.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D E Shaw, founded by David E. Shaw, which holds a $100.1 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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