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Should You Avoid Allergan, Inc. (AGN)?

Hedge funds are not perfect. They have their bad picks just like everyone else. Valeant, a stock hedge funds have loved, lost 79% during the last 12 months ending in November 21. Although hedge funds are not perfect, their consensus picks do deliver solid returns, however. Our data show the top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds yielded an average return of 18% in the same time period, vs. a gain of 7.6% for the S&P 500 Index. Because hedge funds have a lot of resources and their consensus picks do well, we pay attention to what they think.

In this article, we will analyze what smart money investors think of Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN). In addition, at the end of this article, we will compare AGN to other stocks including Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), and Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s check out the new action encompassing Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN).

What have hedge funds been doing with Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN)?

A total of 115 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held shares of Allergan, down by 12% compared to the end of June. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, holds the number one position in Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), which is worth $896.2 million as of the end of September, comprising 9.7% of its 13F portfolio. On Paulson & Co’s heels is Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, which holds a $871.7 million position; 7.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, and Seth Klarman’s Baupost Group.

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