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Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) was in 38 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. DGX has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with DGX holdings at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that DGX isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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We’re going to review the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX).
Hedge fund activity in Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 38 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 31% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 30 hedge funds with a bullish position in DGX at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, holds the biggest position in Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX). Marshall Wace LLP has a $164.6 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Marshall Wace LLP’s heels is Healthcor Management LP, led by Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey, holding a $79.4 million position; the fund has 2.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Bernard Horn’s Polaris Capital Management.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Polar Capital, managed by Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley, initiated the largest position in Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX). Polar Capital had $16.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management also made a $9.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new DGX positions are Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Vishal Saluja and Pham Quang’s Endurant Capital Management, and Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital.
Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX). These stocks are Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC), Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), and Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC). This group of stocks’ market valuations are closest to DGX’s market valuation.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 33 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.73 billion. That figure was $649 million in DGX’s case. Incyte Corporation (NASDAQ:INCY) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) is the least popular one with only 27 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.
Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.