Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ): Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

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With the third-quarter round of 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ).

Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest lately. STZ was in 64 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 62 hedge funds in our database with STZ positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare STZ to other stocks, including ICICI Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:IBN), Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), and TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE:TEL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the fresh action encompassing Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ).

What have hedge funds been doing with Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 64 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, inching up by 3% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Kensico Capital, managed by Michael Lowenstein, holds the largest position in Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ). According to its latest quarterly report, the fund has an $829.9 million position in the stock, comprising 17.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Stephen Mandel of Lone Pine Capital, with a $586.5 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions consist of Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management, Alan Fournier’s Pennant Capital Management and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.

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