Like everyone else, elite investors make mistakes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show elite investors’ consensus picks have done well on average. The top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters. S&P 500 Index returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what elite funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we take a closer look at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) from the perspective of those elite funds.
When it comes to Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), money managers are getting more bullish, as the number of bullish hedge fund bets inched up by one to 68 during the third quarter. 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 U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), and Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action regarding Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW).
How have hedgies been trading Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 68 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 1% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Edgar Wachenheim’s Greenhaven Associates has the biggest position in Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), worth close to $550.4 million, comprising 10.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management, with a $357.1 million position; the fund has 3.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital Management.