With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have jumped into Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) headfirst. Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, initiated the largest position in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). Adage Capital Management had $45.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners also initiated a $18 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ITW positions are Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW). These stocks are Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN), Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), and Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX). All of these stocks’ market caps match ITW’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 32 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.97 billion. That figure was $703 million in ITW’s case. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) 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 NFLX might be a better candidate to consider taking a long position in.