Hedge funds run by legendary names like Nelson Peltz and David Tepper make billions of dollars a year for themselves and their super-rich accredited investors (you’ve got to have a minimum of $1 million liquid to invest in a hedge fund) by spending enormous resources on analyzing and uncovering data about small-cap stocks that the big brokerage houses don’t follow. Small caps are where they can generate significant out-performance. These stocks have been on a tear since the end of June, outperforming large-cap index funds by more than 10 percentage points. That’s why we pay special attention to hedge fund activity in these stocks.
In this article, we are going to take a closer look at Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), which has witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. However, 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 United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s check out the new action encompassing Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY).
How are hedge funds trading Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY)?
During the third quarter, the number of funds tracked by Insider Monkey that held long positions in Eli Lilly advanced by 12% to 55. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the biggest position in Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY). Viking Global has a $489 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw holding a $239.4 million position; the fund has 0.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism encompass Hal Mintz’s Sabby Capital, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.