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Should You Add Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to Your Portfolio?

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Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and famous investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds and investors’ positions as of the end of the third quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on several financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) based on that data.

When it comes to Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), the best stock pickers are in an optimistic mood, as the number of bullish hedge fund bets advanced by two lately. However, 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 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the fresh action encompassing Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ).

Hedge fund activity in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)

A total of 54 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on Verizon at the end of September, up by 4% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has the biggest position in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), worth close to $779.7 million, amounting to 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt, which holds a $740.7 million call position; the fund has 4.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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