Do Hedge Funds Love PerkinElmer, Inc. (PKI)?

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Hedge Funds and other institutional investors have just completed filing their 13Fs with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing their equity portfolios as of the end of September. At Insider Monkey, we follow over 700 of the best-performing investors and by analyzing their 13F filings, we can determine the stocks that they are collectively bullish on. One of their picks is PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI), so let’s take a closer look at the sentiment that surrounds it in the current quarter.

PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI) was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. PKI investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with PKI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Amtrust Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFSI), Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRO), and ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action regarding PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI).

What does the smart money think about PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 39% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI). Royce & Associates has a $91.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, which holds a $87.7 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Sandy Nairn’s Edinburgh Partners, and Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management.

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