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FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. During the third quarter, the number of investors tracked by Insider Monkey bullish on the company inched up by one to 16. At the end of this article we will also compare FDS to other stocks including Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ), and News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the new action encompassing FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS).
How have hedgies been trading FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 7% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 16 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in FDS heading into 2016. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Brian Bares’ Bares Capital Management holds the number one position in FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS), having reported ownership of $82.7 million worth of stock, comprising 4.9% of its 13F portfolio, as of the end of September. The second most bullish fund manager is Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group, with a $78.2 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management, Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.