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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Union Pacific Corporation (UNP)

Hedge funds and other investment firms that we track manage billions of dollars of their wealthy clients’ money, and needless to say, they are painstakingly thorough when analyzing where to invest this money, as their own wealth depends on it. Regardless of the various methods used by elite investors like David Tepper and Dan Loeb, the resources they expend are second-to-none. This is especially valuable when it comes to small-cap stocks, which is where they generate their strongest outperformance, as their resources give them a huge edge when it comes to studying these stocks compared to the average investor, which is why we intently follow their activity in the small-cap space.

Is Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) the right pick for your portfolio? The smart money is taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions increased by 4 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that UNP isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. UNP was in 53 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 49 hedge funds in our database with UNP holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Why do we pay any attention at all to hedge fund sentiment? Our research has shown that hedge funds’ large-cap stock picks indeed failed to beat the market between 1999 and 2016. However, we were able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the market by 18 percentage points since May 2014 through December 3, 2018 (see the details here). We were also able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that’ll significantly underperform the market. We have been tracking and sharing the list of these stocks since February 2017 and they lost 24% through December 3, 2018. That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to.

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We’re going to take a gander at the new hedge fund action encompassing Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP).

Hedge fund activity in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 53 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards UNP over the last 13 quarters. 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 UNP Positions

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Egerton Capital Limited, managed by John Armitage, holds the most valuable position in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). Egerton Capital Limited has a $1.2966 billion position in the stock, comprising 9.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Eric W. Mandelblatt and Gaurav Kapadia of Soroban Capital Partners, with a $835.2 million position; the fund has 12.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

As industrywide interest jumped, key hedge funds have jumped into Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) headfirst. Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, assembled the biggest position in Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP). Lone Pine Capital had $525.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group also initiated a $162.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, and Guy Shahar’s DSAM Partners.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) but similarly valued. We will take a look at salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), BHP Group Plc (NYSE:BBL), Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY), and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY). All of these stocks’ market caps match UNP’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CRM 86 5615448 4
BBL 16 814748 2
RY 17 901758 4
LLY 40 1709100 7
Average 39.75 2260264 4.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 39.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.26 billion. That figure was $4.92 billion in UNP’s case. salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard CRM might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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