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Is Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS).

Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund interest recently. At the end of this article we will also compare UHS to other stocks including Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE), Perrigo Company (NASDAQ:PRGO), and Fidelity National Financial Inc (NYSE:FNF) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the key action regarding Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS).

What does the smart money think about Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS)?

The number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey bullish on Universal Health Services declined by 21% to 33 during the third quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital has the number one position in Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS), worth close to $564.9 million, accounting for 6.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Viking Global, led by Andreas Halvorsen, holding a $237.7 million position; 1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners, Larry Robbins’s Glenview Capital, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.

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