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Should You Avoid Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA)?

Does Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA) represent a good buying opportunity at the moment? Let’s briefly check the hedge fund sentiment towards the company. Hedge fund firms constantly search out bright intellectuals and highly-experienced employees and throw away millions of dollars on research activities, so it is no wonder why they tend to generate millions in profits each year. It is also true that some hedge fund players fail unconceivably on some occasions, but their stock picks have been generating superior risk-adjusted returns on average over the years.

When it comes to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), it looks like money managers are turning less bullish, as the number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey long the stock slid by seven during the third quarter. In this way, Walgreens was included in the portfolios of 60 funds at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare WBA to other stocks including Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE:HON), Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY), and Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA).

What does the smart money think about Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA)?

As stated earlier, 60 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Walgreens Booots Alliance at the end of September, down by 10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Eric W. Mandelblatt’s Soroban Capital Partners has the number one position in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASDAQ:WBA), worth close to $371.6 million, amounting to 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, managed by Michael Larson, holding a $280.2 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish comprise Michael Lowenstein’s Kensico Capital, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management and Tom Gayner’s Markel Gayner Asset Management.

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