Is Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (BUD) A Good Stock To Buy?

Is Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD) a good bet right now? We like to analyze hedge fund sentiment before doing days of in-depth research. We do so because hedge funds and other elite investors have numerous Ivy league graduates, expert network advisers, and supply chain tipsters working or consulting for them. There is not a shortage of news stories covering failed hedge fund investments (for some reason media paid a ton of attention to Ackman’s gigantic JC Penney and Valeant failures) and it is a fact that hedge funds’ picks don’t beat the market 100% of the time, but their consensus picks have historically done very well and have outperformed the market after adjusting for risk.

Smart money seems to be turning less optimistic about Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD). At the end of September, 32 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held shares of the company, down from 35 funds at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare BUD to other stocks including Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the key action regarding Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD).

How have hedgies been trading Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD)?

A total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD) at the end of the third quarter, which represents a decline of 9% from the end of June. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holds the largest position in Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (ADR) (NYSE:BUD). Soroban Capital Partners has a $1.158 billion call position in the stock, comprising 7% of its 13F portfolio. The same fund also has a $1.0622 billion position held in shares. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions comprise Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Doug Silverman, and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group.