Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. DHR has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with DHR holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action encompassing Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR).
What does the smart money think about Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR)?
At year’s end, a total of 33 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.
Of the funds we track, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the biggest position in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). Viking Global has a $803.9 million position in the stock, comprising 5.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, which held a $373.9 million position; the fund has 8.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Doug Silverman’s Senator Investment Group, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman, assembled the most valuable position in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). Senator Investment Group had 134.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Panayotis æTakisÆ Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management also made a $55.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new DHR positions are John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management, Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.
Insider trading activity in Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR)
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 12 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). These stocks are Siemens AG (ADR) (NYSE:SI), Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI), Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW), Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (ADR) (NYSE:PHG), and Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON). All of these stocks are in the diversified machinery industry and their market caps resemble DHR’s market cap.