Does Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s briefly check the hedge fund sentiment towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail unconceivably on some occasions, but their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.
Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. INTU has seen a slight decrease in hedge fund interest recently. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with INTU holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare INTU to other stocks including Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ), ICICI Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:IBN), and Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s view the recent action regarding Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU).
How have hedgies been trading Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -26% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has the number one position in Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU), worth close to $140.3 million, amounting to 2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $72.5 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions consist of Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and George Soros’ Soros Fund Management.