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Is DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) a buy here? Money managers are taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions moved up by 5 recently. Our calculations also showed that XRAY isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. XRAY was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2018. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with XRAY holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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We’re going to take a peek at the latest hedge fund action encompassing DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY).
Hedge fund activity in DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 22% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards XRAY over the last 13 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were adding to their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Generation Investment Management was the largest shareholder of DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY), with a stake worth $814.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Generation Investment Management was D E Shaw, which amassed a stake valued at $93.4 million. ValueAct Capital, OrbiMed Advisors, and Select Equity Group were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. ValueAct Capital, managed by Jeffrey Ubben, assembled the most valuable position in DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY). ValueAct Capital had $83 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management also made a $9.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital, and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY). These stocks are ICON Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:ICLR), L Brands Inc (NYSE:LB), Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), and DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:DOCU). This group of stocks’ market caps are similar to XRAY’s market cap.
|Ticker||No of HFs with positions||Total Value of HF Positions (x1000)||Change in HF Position|
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 27 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $640 million. That figure was $1.25 billion in XRAY’s case. DocuSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:DOCU) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand ICON Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:ICLR) is the least popular one with only 22 bullish hedge fund positions. DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) 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 DOCU might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.