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Is Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO) worth your attention right now? Hedge funds are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets shrunk by 14 lately. 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 Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), and The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s view the recent action surrounding Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO).
How are hedge funds trading Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO)?
At the Q3’s end, a total of 52 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -21% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, holds the largest position in Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE:TMO). Glenview Capital has a $1.0408 billion position in the stock, comprising 5.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Glenview Capital’s heels is Eagle Capital Management, managed by Boykin Curry, which holds a $538.2 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions contain Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.