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Is Lear Corporation (LEA) A Good Stock To Buy?

After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the elite hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA).

Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. LEA was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with LEA positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that lea isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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AQR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management

We’re going to go over the latest hedge fund action surrounding Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA).

How have hedgies been trading Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards LEA over the last 13 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

No of Hedge Funds with LEA Positions

Among these funds, AQR Capital Management held the most valuable stake in Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA), which was worth $416.9 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $73.4 million worth of shares. Moreover, Millennium Management, Anchor Bolt Capital, and Balyasny Asset Management were also bullish on Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Point72 Asset Management, managed by Steve Cohen, assembled the biggest call position in Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA). Point72 Asset Management had $25.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments also made a $9.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new LEA investors: Mark Weissman, Adam Cohen and David Coleto’s Caspian Capital Partners, Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, and Alexander Roepers’s Atlantic Investment Management.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA) but similarly valued. We will take a look at Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:ZBRA), Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY), Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TYL), and Shaw Communications Inc (NYSE:SJR). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to LEA’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
ZBRA 27 893057 -5
AVY 29 462957 3
TYL 22 752257 2
SJR 16 200046 3
Average 23.5 577079 0.75

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 23.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $577 million. That figure was $845 million in LEA’s case. Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Shaw Communications Inc (NYSE:SJR) is the least popular one with only 16 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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