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Paychex, Inc. (PAYX) Lags Peers in Smart Money Ownership

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Before we spend days researching a stock idea we’d like to take a look at how hedge funds and billionaire investors recently traded that stock. S&P 500 Index returned about 7.6% during the last 12 months ending November 21, 2016. Most investors don’t notice that less than 49% of the stocks in the index outperformed the index. This means you (or a monkey throwing a dart) have less than an even chance of beating the market by randomly picking a stock. On the other hand, the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds had an average return of 18% during the same period. Hedge funds had bad stock picks like everyone else. We are sure you have read about their worst picks, like Valeant, in the media over the past year. So, taking cues from hedge funds isn’t a foolproof strategy, but it seems to work on average. In this article, we will take a look at what hedge funds think about Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX).

Is Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) going to take off soon? Prominent investors are buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions improved by 1 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare PAYX to other stocks including State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX), and Edwards Lifesciences Corp (NYSE:EW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX)

At Q3’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a modest increase of 4% from the second quarter of 2016, and a 20% rise since the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the number one position in Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX), worth close to $440.2 million and amounting to 3.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which holds a $39.7 million position. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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