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Is Motorola Solutions Inc (MSI) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. MSI has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 20 hedge funds in our database with MSI holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that MSI isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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We’re going to take a glance at the new hedge fund action regarding Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 30% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards MSI 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.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Arrowstreet Capital, managed by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holds the number one position in Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI). Arrowstreet Capital has a $223.5 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $172.4 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key hedge funds have jumped into Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) headfirst. Coatue Management, managed by Philippe Laffont, created the most valuable position in Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI). Coatue Management had $110.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors also initiated a $18.2 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MSI investors: Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, and John Brandmeyer’s Cognios Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI). These stocks are POSCO (NYSE:PKX), WEC Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:WEC), Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN), and Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to MSI’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PKX 14 157776 0
WEC 19 357766 4
WCN 30 1002797 -4
HRL 12 66675 -1
Average 18.75 396254 -0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $396 million. That figure was $839 million in MSI’s case. Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) is the least popular one with only 12 bullish hedge fund positions. Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard WCN might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

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

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