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Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL) investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with COL holdings at the end of the 2016 third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare COL to other stocks including Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC), LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ), and KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL).
What have hedge funds been doing with Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 12% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 17 hedge funds with a bullish position in COL at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, John W. Rogers of Ariel Investments holds the biggest position in Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL), which has reported a $50.2 million stake in the company at the end of the third quarter. The second largest stake is held by Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, which has a $40.5 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and David Harding’s Winton 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.