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Is Office Depot Inc (ODP) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Is Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from industry insiders. They fail miserably sometimes, but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.

Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP) investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. ODP was in 47 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 49 hedge funds in our database with ODP positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ODP to other stocks including Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ:CLVS), Rackspace Hosting, Inc. (NYSE:RAX), and Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc (NASDAQ:BUFF) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action regarding Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP).

What does the smart money think about Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 47 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -4% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Starboard Value LP, managed by Jeffrey Smith, holds the largest position in Office Depot Inc (NASDAQ:ODP). Starboard Value LP has a $287.2 million position in the stock, comprising 6.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Canyon Capital Advisors, led by Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis, holding a $90.4 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Eric Mindich’s Eton Park Capital, Paul Singer’s Elliott Management and Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management.

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