Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) in this article.
Is Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) a buy here? Prominent investors are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions increased by 2 in recent months. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI), Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP), and Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s analyze the recent action regarding Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN).
What does the smart money think about Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 9% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Blood and Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management has the biggest position in Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN), worth close to $705.6 million, comprising 7.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which holds a $46.2 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Greg Poole’s Echo Street Capital Management.