Is DST Systems, Inc. (DST) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings made by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST).

Is DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Investors who are in the know are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets decreased by 1 lately. DST was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with DST positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare DST to other stocks including MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc (NYSE:MSM), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK), and Amsurg Corp (NASDAQ:AMSG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST).

How are hedge funds trading DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -4% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Scopia Capital, managed by Matt Sirovich and Jeremy Mindich, holds the most valuable position in DST Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DST). Scopia Capital has an $116.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which holds an $68.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments and Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management.

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