Hedge Funds Are Buying Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest recently.

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Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the recent action surrounding Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA).

Hedge fund activity in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

At year’s end, a total of 69 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 1% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.

Of the funds we track, Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner had the biggest position in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), worth close to $437 million billion, comprising 6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Tiger Global Management LLC, managed by Chase Coleman, which held a $327 million position; the fund has 6.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors and John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited.

Now, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. JAT Capital Management, managed by John Thaler, assembled the largest position in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA). JAT Capital Management had 22 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management also initiated a $16 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners, Jim Chanos’s Kynikos, and Seymour Sy Kaufman and Michael Stark’s Crosslink Capital.

Insider trading activity in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)

Insider buying is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time period, Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns demonstrated by the aforementioned research, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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