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J M Smucker Co (SJM): Are Hedge Funds Right To Get Far Away From This Stock?

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Like everyone else, elite investors make mistakes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show elite investors’ consensus picks have done well on average. The top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters. S&P 500 Index returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what elite funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we take a closer look at J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) from the perspective of those elite funds.

J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. SJM was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with SJM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare SJM to other stocks including Sasol Limited (ADR) (NYSE:SSL), Tata Motors Limited (ADR) (NYSE:TTM), and Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a fall of 17% from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership of SJM has now fallen by nearly 50% in the last year, a troubling trend. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, holds the most valuable position in J M Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM). Ariel Investments has a $147.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $119.4 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management.

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