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Should You Avoid Linear Technology Corporation (LLTC)?

While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC).

Linear Technology Corporation was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. LLTC investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with LLTC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LLTC to other stocks, including Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE), Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN), and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a look at the new action surrounding Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC).

What does the smart money think about Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 31% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Generation Investment Management, managed by David Blood and Al Gore, holds the biggest position in Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC), worth an estimated $498.4 million, comprising 7.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, run by Jim Simons, which holds a $309.2 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism contain Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, David Harding’s Winton Capital Management and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

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