Is The Kroger Co. (KR) the Right Stock for Your Portfolio?

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).

The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) saw an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers during the third quarter. At the end of September, there were 40 funds in our database holding shares of Kroger, versus 35 funds a quarter earlier. However, the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Carnival plc (ADR) (NYSE:CUK), Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV), and Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the recent action regarding The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR).

Hedge fund activity in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR)

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, 40 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long The Kroger Co., which represents an increase of 14% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the most valuable position in The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), worth close to $177 million, amounting to 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Two Sigma Advisors, managed by John Overdeck and David Siegel, which holds a $153.1 million position; 0.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Steven Richman’s East Side Capital (RR Partners), Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.