The market has been volatile due to elections and the potential of another Federal Reserve rate increase. Small cap stocks have been on a tear, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has outperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of June. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be getting back in stocks, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why small-cap stocks are red hot. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.
Is Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Hedge funds are betting on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 2 in the third quarter. MA was in 84 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 82 hedge funds in our database with MA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MA to other stocks including United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), Accenture Plc (NYSE:ACN), and NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the new action surrounding Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA).
What does the smart money think about Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 84 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up by 2% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Tom Russo’s Gardner Russo & Gardner has the biggest position in Mastercard Inc (NYSE:MA), worth close to $994.8 million, amounting to 8.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Viking Global, led by Andreas Halvorsen, holding a $782 million position; the fund has 3.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, and Charles Akre’s Akre Capital Management.