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Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) has seen an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) was in 40 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 37 hedge funds in our database with Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL), H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB), and CGI Group Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GIB) to gather more data points.
To the average investor, there are numerous signals stock market investors can use to size up stocks. A duo of the less utilized signals are hedge fund and insider trading sentiment. We have shown that, historically, those who follow the top picks of the elite investment managers can outclass their index-focused peers by a solid amount (see the details here).
Now, let’s go over the key action encompassing Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU).
Hedge fund activity in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 40 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an increase of 8% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global has the number one position in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU), worth close to $280.9 million, corresponding to 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital, with a $215.9 million position; 3.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Scott Ferguson’s Sachem Head Capital, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital, and Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital.