Hedge Funds Are Dumping United Technologies Corporation (UTX)

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The third-quarter stock market correction has turned out to resemble the situation observed during the Asian financial crisis of 1997. The two relatively short-lived corrections occurred at a time with stable interest rates, falling commodity markets, with strong-performing technology and healthcare sectors, and struggling energy sector. Similarly, the two corrections followed long periods without a correction, which had to come sooner or later and it did. Even so, several prominent hedge fund investors publicly asserted their bearish view on the current state of the U.S. equity markets, suggesting that they significantly cut their exposure to equities during the latest quarter. Having said that, it would be worthwhile to take a look at the hedge fund sentiment on United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) in order to identify whether reputable and successful top money managers continue to believe in its potential.

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) was in 48 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 57 hedge funds in our database with United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article, we will also compare United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) to other stocks, including SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP), Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV), and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s analyze the new action regarding United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX).

Hedge fund activity in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX)

At the end of September, a total of 48 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 16% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the most valuable position in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Fisher Asset Management has a $727.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is First Pacific Advisors LLC, managed by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, which holds a $509.8 million position; the fund has 4.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

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