Is Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) a good equity to bet on right now? We like to check what the smart money thinks first before doing extensive research. Although there have been several high profile failed hedge fund picks, the consensus picks among hedge fund investors have historically outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk attributes. It’s not surprising given that hedge funds have access to better information and more resources to find the latest market-moving information.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. 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 The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), DTE Energy Co (NYSE:DTE), and The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action regarding Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS).
Hedge fund activity in Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down 6% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Andy Brown’s Cedar Rock Capital has the largest position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS), worth close to $996.1 million and accounting for 24.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Cedar Rock Capital’s heels is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $228.9 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, D E Shaw and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.