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Should You Buy Godaddy Inc (GDDY)?

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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.

Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. 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 Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON), Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:MTN), and AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the key action surrounding Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY).

Hedge fund activity in Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Silver Lake Partners holds the number one position in Godaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY). According to regulatory filings, the fund has a $1.09 billion position in the stock, comprising 22.7% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Junto Capital Management, run by James Parsons, which holds a $36.2 million position; the fund has 4.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

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