Is Monster Beverage Corp (MNST) a Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge fund interest in Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST) shares was flat at the end of last 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 Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MMC), Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB), and WPP PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:WPPGY) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s go over the latest action encompassing Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST).

How have hedgies been trading Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Neal C. Bradsher’s Broadwood Capital has the largest position in Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST), worth close to $216.1 million, accounting for 42.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Broadwood Capital’s heels is Caxton Associates LP, led by Bruce Kovner, holding a $157.6 million position; the fund has 9.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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