Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Charles Schwab Corp (SCHW)

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Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately. SCHW was in 53 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 40 hedge funds in our database with SCHW positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that SCHW isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a glance at the latest hedge fund action regarding Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW).

Hedge fund activity in Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 53 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 33% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 51 hedge funds with a bullish position in SCHW at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with SCHW Positions

The largest stake in Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) was held by Generation Investment Management, which reported holding $568.7 million worth of stock at the end of September. It was followed by Theleme Partners with a $509.7 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Egerton Capital Limited, SPO Advisory Corp, and Brave Warrior Capital.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Wallace R. Weitz & Co., managed by Wallace Weitz, initiated the most valuable position in Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW). Wallace R. Weitz & Co. had $41.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. James Parsons’s Junto Capital Management also initiated a $40.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new SCHW positions are Francois Rochon’s Giverny Capital, Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, and Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW). We will take a look at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADP), Banco Santander (Brasil) SA (NYSE:BSBR), Canadian National Railway Company (NYSE:CNI), and Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG). This group of stocks’ market values are similar to SCHW’s market value.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ADP 35 3939324 -7
BSBR 7 92574 -4
CNI 26 2625804 5
ISRG 44 2247916 -1
Average 28 2226405 -1.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.23 billion. That figure was $3.52 billion in SCHW’s case. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Banco Santander (Brasil) SA (NYSE:BSBR) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.