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In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the smart money sentiment towards Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA). Overall, it looks like investors from our database are taking a pessimistic view, since the number of funds long the stock declined by two to 17 during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ZBRA to other stocks including Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD), Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC), and United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s review the latest action surrounding Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA).
What does the smart money think about Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA)?
At the end of the third quarter, 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Zebra Technologies, down by 11% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ZBRA over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments has the most valuable position in Zebra Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ZBRA), worth close to $160.2 million, accounting for 1.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich of Scopia Capital holding a $118.7 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that are bullish include Thomas Bancroft’s Makaira Partners, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Edward Goodnow’s Goodnow Investment Group. We should note that Makaira Partners is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.