Is Verisk Analytics, Inc. (VRSK) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are in a bearish mood. The number of long hedge fund bets were trimmed by 2 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare VRSK to other stocks including Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT), SBA Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:SBAC), and McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, an 8% drop from one quarter earlier. Smart money ownership has trended down throughout the last year, though within a narrow range. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group 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, Akre Capital Management, managed by Charles Akre, holds the number one position in Verisk Analytics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSK). Akre Capital Management has a $210.2 million position in the stock, comprising 4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, with a $127.1 million position. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Brian Bares’ Bares Capital Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.

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