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Is Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers of late. ESRX was in 58 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 62 hedge funds in our database with ESRX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX), ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING), and Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the fresh action encompassing Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX).

How are hedge funds trading Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 58 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Laurion Capital Management, managed by Benjamin A. Smith, holds the biggest position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Laurion Capital Management has a $491.4 million call position in the stock, comprising 5.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is FPR Partners, managed by Bob Peck and Andy Raab, which holds a $394.6 million position; 9.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Andy Brown’s Cedar Rock Capital, John Shapiro’s Chieftain Capital and Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital.

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