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Is Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ) a Good Stock To Buy?

The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ).

Is Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors seem to be in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions were cut by nine during the third quarter and 53 funds from the Insider Monkey database held shares at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare MDLZ to other stocks including Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s analyze the key action regarding Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ).

Hedge fund activity in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ)

At the end of September, 53 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 15% from the end of the second quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Trian Partners, managed by Nelson Peltz, holds the largest position in Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ). Trian Partners has a $2.11 billion holding, comprising 20.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, with a $1.01 billion stake; the fund has 18.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management, Lei Zhang’s Hillhouse Capital Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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