Hedge funds and large money managers usually invest with a focus on the long-term horizon and, therefore, short-lived dips on the charts, usually don’t make them change their opinion towards a company. The second half of 2015 and the first few months of this year was a stressful period for hedge funds. However, things have been taking a turn for the better in the second half of this year. Small-cap stocks which hedge funds are usually overweight outperformed the market by double digits and it may be a good time to pay attention to hedge funds’ picks before it is too late. In this article we are going to analyze the hedge fund sentiment towards Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) to find out whether it was one of their high conviction long-term ideas.
Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) was included in the equity portfolios of 62 investors from our database at the end of the third quarter of 2016. The company registered an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds during the quarter, as there had been 55 funds with UNP positions at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare UNP to other stocks including Westpac Banking Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:WBK), Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), and Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP).
How have hedgies been trading Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 62 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Union Pacific, a change of 13% from the end of the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holds the most valuable position in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). Soroban Capital Partners has a $426 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Balyasny Asset Management, led by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $188.2 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.