Why Intuit Inc. (INTU)’s Stock Is Down on Wednesday?

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Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU)’s shares have lost some ground today after the company reported fiscal third quarter earnings. For the quarter, Intuit reported EPS of $3.43 versus estimates of $3.21 per share, while revenue rose by 5.5% year-over-year to $2.3 billion. The company also increased full year revenue to $4.66-$4.68 billion from the previous $4.61 billion. Adjusted EPS is seen to be $3.63-$3.65 versus the expected $3.51. Shares could be down on profit taking. Intuit shares were up by almost 12% year-to-date before its earnings report. However, among hedge funds, the stock is not very popular and saw a decrease in the number of supporters during the first quarter.

The government requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have made an extensive database of more than 750 of those elite funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these elite funds and prominent investors traded Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) based on those filings.

Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2016. INTU investors should pay attention to a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with INTU holdings 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 O’Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY), AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), and SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY) to gather more data points.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the biggest position in Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ:INTU). Citadel Investment Group has a $246.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is David Blood and Al Gore of Generation Investment Management, with a $118.7 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

On the next page, we are going to take a look at some funds that chose to dump their stakes in Intuit during the first quarter.

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