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Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 58 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. 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 Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), Toyota Motor Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:TM), and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest action encompassing Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG).
What have hedge funds been doing with Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 58 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Berkshire Hathaway has the largest position in Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), worth close to $3.80 billion, amounting to 3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Yacktman Asset Management, led by Donald Yacktman, holding a $2.01 billion position; the fund has 13.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Andy Brown’s Cedar Rock Capital, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.