Is Pinnacle Foods Inc (PF) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF) a bargain? The best stock pickers are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 5 lately. PF was in 37 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with PF holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PF to other stocks including Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:RNR), and National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the key action regarding Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF).

How have hedgies been trading Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF)?

At the Q3’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 16% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holds the biggest position in Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE:PF). Soroban Capital Partners has a $225.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, holding a $174.6 million position; the fund has 3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

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