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Is Waters Corporation (WAT) A Good Stock To Buy?

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT).

Is Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) worth your attention right now? The best stock pickers are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets retreated by 2 lately. WAT was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with WAT 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 Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ADR) (NYSE:EOC), Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC), and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT).

How have hedgies been trading Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -7% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the biggest position in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). Generation Investment Management has a $371.5 million position in the stock, comprising 5.4% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Brian Bares’ Bares Capital Management, with a $41 million position; 4.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. The remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.

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