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Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE:FDP) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, same as in the previous quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. 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 Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WOR), Science Applications International Corp (NYSE:SAIC), and Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ:SFM) to gather more data points.
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How have hedgies been trading Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE:FDP)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FDP over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE:FDP), worth close to $33.3 million. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $25.4 million position. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.