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Is Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST) worth your attention right now? The smart money is turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 1 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare ST to other stocks including Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (NYSE:MIC), United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI), and STERIS Corp (NYSE:STE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the new action regarding Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST).
What have hedge funds been doing with Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -4% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the most valuable position in Sensata Technologies Holding N.V. (NYSE:ST). Generation Investment Management has a $219.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, which holds a $208.8 million position; the fund has 3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions include John Griffin’s Blue Ridge Capital, Sharlyn C. Heslam’s Stockbridge Partners and William Crowley, William Harker, and Stephen Blass’s Ashe Capital.