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Is Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 6 recently. Our calculations also showed that TEVA isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. TEVA was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 30 hedge funds in our database with TEVA positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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We’re going to take a look at the latest hedge fund action regarding Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA).
How are hedge funds trading Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 20% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 34 hedge funds with a bullish position in TEVA at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
More specifically, Berkshire Hathaway was the largest shareholder of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA), with a stake worth $931.6 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Berkshire Hathaway was Abrams Capital Management, which amassed a stake valued at $420.5 million. Highfields Capital Management, Polaris Capital Management, and Brahman Capital were also very fond of the stock, giving the stock large weights in their portfolios.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Orbis Investment Management, managed by William B. Gray, assembled the most valuable position in Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA). Orbis Investment Management had $45.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management also initiated a $33.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new TEVA investors: Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Thomas Bailard’s Bailard Inc, and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA). We will take a look at Ryanair Holdings plc (NASDAQ:RYAAY), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), and Liberty Global Plc (NASDAQ:LBTYK). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to TEVA’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 30 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.86 billion. That figure was $2.51 billion in TEVA’s case. Liberty Global Plc (NASDAQ:LBTYK) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Ryanair Holdings plc (NASDAQ:RYAAY) is the least popular one with only 13 bullish hedge fund positions. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (NYSE:TEVA) is not the most popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still above average. This is a slightly positive signal but we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard LBTYK might be a better candidate to consider a long position.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.