Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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We can judge whether Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS) is a good investment right now by following the lead of some of the best investors in the world and piggybacking their ideas. There’s no better way to get these firms’ immense resources and analytical capabilities working for us than to follow their lead into their best ideas. While not all of these picks will be winners, research shows that these picks historically outperformed the market when we factor in known risk factors.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. DPS has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 37 hedge funds in our database with DPS positions 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 BRF Brasil Foods SA (ADR) (NYSE:BRFS), Grupo Televisa SAB (ADR) (NYSE:TV), and Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the key action regarding Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS).

How have hedgies been trading Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -22% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Cedar Rock Capital, managed by Andy Brown, holds the largest position in Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS). Cedar Rock Capital has a $959.9 million position in the stock, comprising 24.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $222.4 million position; 0.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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