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Should You Buy Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG)?

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Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG), which has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. At the end of September, 41 funds from our database held shares, compared to 39 funds a quarter earlier. At the end of this article we will also compare CMG to other stocks including Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX), and D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action encompassing Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG).

How are hedge funds trading Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 41 investors followed by Insider Monkey held long positions in Chipotle Mexican Grill, up by 5% over the quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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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 number one position in Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE:CMG). Generation Investment Management has a $241.9 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Pershing Square, managed by Bill Ackman, which holds a $234.7 million position; the fund has 4.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Eashwar Krishnan’s Tybourne Capital Management, and Robert Pitts’ Steadfast Capital Management.

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