Do Hedge Funds Love Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)?

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After a lengthy stretch of outperformance, small-cap stocks suffered from July 2015 through June 2016, as heightened global economic fears led investors to flee to the safe havens of large-cap stocks and other instruments. Those stocks outperformed small-caps by about 10 percentage points during that time, with small-cap healthcare stocks being particularly hard hit. However, the tide has since turned in a big way, as evidenced by small-caps toppling their large-cap peers by 6 percentage points in the third quarter, and by another 4 percentage points in the first seven weeks of the fourth quarter. In this article, we’ll analyze how this shift affected hedge funds’ third-quarter trading of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and see how the stock is affected by the recent hedge fund activity.

Overall, Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months, but 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 Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:UN), Novo Nordisk A/S (ADR) (NYSE:NVO), and Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the recent action surrounding Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO).

How are hedge funds trading Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)?

At the end of September, 66 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 8% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management has the number one position in Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), worth close to $815.2 million, accounting for 7.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Yacktman Asset Management’s heels is First Pacific Advisors LLC, led by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, holding a $531.2 million position; 4.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers with similar optimism contain Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital.

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