Although the masses and most of the financial media blame hedge funds for their exorbitant fee structure and disappointing performance, these investors have proved to have great stock picking abilities over the years (that’s why their assets under management continue to swell). We believe hedge fund sentiment should serve as a crucial tool of an individual investor’s stock selection process, as it may offer great insights of how the brightest minds of the finance industry feel about specific stocks. After all, these people have access to smartest analysts and expensive data/information sources that individual investors can’t match. So should one consider investing in Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR)? The smart money sentiment can provide an answer to this question.
Is Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR) a buy right now? Money managers are in a bullish mood. The number of long hedge fund positions moved up by 1 in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare QSR to other stocks including LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ), Discovery Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:DISCK), and Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action encompassing Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR).
What does the smart money think about Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 3% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square has the number one position in Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE:QSR), worth close to $1.74 billion, amounting to 32.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, which holds a $376.2 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Aaron Cowen’s Suvretta Capital Management, David Gallo’s Valinor Management LLC and Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC.