Hedge Funds Are Crazy About AMETEK, Inc. (AME)

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The SEC requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have compiled an extensive database of more than 700 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) based on those filings.

Is AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) the right pick for your portfolio? Money managers are taking a bullish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 4 in recent months. 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 Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV), and AEGON N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:AEG) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME).

How have hedgies been trading AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 16% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, SQ Advisors, managed by Lou Simpson, holds the most valuable position in AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME). The fund has a $344.8 million position in the stock, comprising 13.7% of its 13F portfolio. On SQ Advisors’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $198.8 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management and Dan Loeb’s Third Point.

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