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Is Priceline.com Inc (PCLN) a Good Stock to Buy?

Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings from various hedge funds and other prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we are going to take a look at smart money sentiment towards Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN).

Is Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) a good investment right now? The smart money is becoming more confident, as the number of funds from our database holding shares of the company went up by 13 to 98 during the third quarter.  However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives, which is why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS), Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO), and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (ADR) (NYSE:MTU) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN).

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How are hedge funds trading Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN)?

As stated earlier, at the end of the third quarter, 98 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 15% from the end of June. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Tiger Global Management LLC, managed by Chase Coleman, holds the largest position in Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN), which is worth $1.35 billion, comprising 19.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Lone Pine Capital, managed by Stephen Mandel, which holds a $845.6 million stake; the fund has 3.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Lee Ainslie’s Maverick Capital and John Armitage’s Egerton Capital Limited.

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