At Insider Monkey we believe that a retail investor can beat the market by following the activity of the best hedge funds and other smart money investors. One of these funds that we track is Sandy Nairn‘s Edinburgh Partners. The fund returned 11.18% during the third quarter, based on our calculations that included its long positions in companies worth at least $1.0 billion. Among its top picks were Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI), and PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI). In this article, we are going to take a closer look at Edinburgh’s positions in these companies, assess their performance and see what is the collective sentiment towards them among the funds in our database.
Edinburgh Partners held an equity portfolio worth $537.60 million at the end of September, down from $659.36 million a quarter earlier. The fund mainly invests in technology, consumer discretionary, energy and healthcare sectors and during the third quarter it significantly cut its exposure to the majority of its top holdings.
In this way, in Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), Edinburgh cut its stake by 17% to 1.19 million shares worth $76.31 million during the third quarter, amid a 15.3% gain registered by the stock. Heading into the quarter, Edinburgh reported an $80.64 million stake containing 1.45 million shares, down by 21% over the quarter. Moreover, during the second quarter, the number of funds from our database long Apache Corporation inched up by three to 33. Edinburgh held the second-largest position, trailing Orbis Investment Management, with a $780.5 million at the end of the second quarter. Moreover, Pzena Investment Management, Millennium Management, and Third Avenue Management were also bullish on Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA).
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) also saw Edinburgh cut its stake during the third quarter as the fund held 334,762 shares worth $54.29 million at the end of September, down from 405,439 shares valued at $67.56 million at the end of June. Between July and September, Whirlpool’s stock inched down by 2.2%. The number of funds tracked by us long Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) fell by one to 37 during the second quarter. More specifically, Greenhaven Associates was the largest chareholder of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), with a stake worth $437.5 millions reported as of the end of June. Trailing Greenhaven Associates was Diamond Hill Capital, which amassed a stake valued at $310.9 millions. Appaloosa Management LP, Capital Growth Management, and AQR Capital Management also held valuable positions in the company.