Should You Buy Moody’s Corporation (MCO)?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO).

Is Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is buying. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went up by 3 recently. Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) was in 31 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO) positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), Magna International Inc. (USA) (NYSE:MGA), and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the recent action surrounding Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO).

How are hedge funds trading Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 31 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 11% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Berkshire Hathaway holds the biggest position in Moody’s Corporation (NYSE:MCO). Berkshire Hathaway has a $2.42 billion position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Akre Capital Management, managed by Charles Akre, which holds a $354.1 million position; the fund has 8.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass D E Shaw, Jonathan Bloomberg’s BloombergSen, and Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company.

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