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Is WABCO Holdings Inc. (WBC) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility and underperformance. The time period between the end of June 2015 and the end of June 2016 was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have been underperforming the large-cap indices. However, things have dramatically changed over the last 5 months. Small-cap stocks reversed their misfortune and beat the large cap indices by almost 11 percentage points since the end of June. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC).

WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. At the end of this article we will also compare WBC to other stocks including Casey’s General Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASY), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), and Highwoods Properties Inc (NYSE:HIW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the new action surrounding WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC).

What does the smart money think about WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 6% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, holds the number one position in WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC). The fund has a $382.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by FPR Partners, managed by Bob Peck and Andy Raab, which holds a $332 million position; the fund has 7.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Lou Simpson’s SQ Advisors, Sharlyn C. Heslam’s Stockbridge Partners and John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors.

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