Is Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. RAI was in 33 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 41 hedge funds in our database with RAI positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RAI to other stocks, including Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY), Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM), and Unilever N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:UN) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI).

What have hedge funds been doing with Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -20% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Neil Woodford’s Woodford Investment Management has the biggest position in Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI), worth close to $726.4 million, comprising 41.9% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Mason Capital Management, led by Kenneth Mario Garschina, holding a $371.9 million call position; 7.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism comprise David Winters’s Wintergreen Advisers and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.

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