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Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (ABX): Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About It, Insider Sentiment Unchanged

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Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) has seen some intriguing activity in some corners of its investing base lately. Let’s take a look.

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What’s more, it’s important to discuss the latest info for Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX).

How have hedgies been trading Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -14% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX)According to our 13F database, Jonathon Jacobson’s Highfields Capital Management had the largest position in Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), worth close to $161.5 million, comprising 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Michael A. Price and Amos Meron of Empyrean Capital Partners, with a $122 million call position; 2.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Kerr Neilson’s Platinum Asset Management.

As Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) has witnessed dropping sentiment from upper-tier hedge fund managers, logic holds that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management dumped the largest position of the 450+ funds we track, comprising an estimated $88.8 million in stock, and Daniel Bubis of Tetrem Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $60.7 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 6 funds at the end of the second quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time period, Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll go over the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX). These stocks are AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE:AU), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:KGC), Yamana Gold Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AUY), Newmont Mining Corp (NYSE:NEM), and Goldcorp Inc. (USA) (NYSE:GG). This group of stocks are the members of the gold industry and their market caps are closest to ABX’s market cap.

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