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Should You Consider Adding Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (MTD) to Your Portfolio?

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

Is Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD) the right pick for your portfolio? Hedge funds are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 1 lately. MTD was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with MTD holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MTD to other stocks including Total System Services, Inc. (NYSE:TSS), CNH Industrial NV (NYSE:CNHI), and Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 5% increase from one quarter earlier and the third-straight quarter in which the number of hedge funds with positions has risen. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the largest position in Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD), worth close to $370.5 million, amounting to 3.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $21.5 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

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