Boston Beer Co Inc (SAM): The Absolutely Essential Information You Need To Know

Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. SAM shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with SAM positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM)

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a peek at the key action surrounding Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM).

How have hedgies been trading Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 6 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -25% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, holds the largest position in Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM). Fisher Asset Management has a $50.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $15.7 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Due to the fact that Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM) has experienced falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. Intriguingly, Roberto Mignone’s Bridger Management sold off the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, worth about $10.2 million in stock., and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $1.8 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 2 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 11 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM). These stocks are China New Borun Corp (NYSE:BORN), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP), Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CCU), and Vina Concha y Toro S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:VCO). This group of stocks are the members of the beverages – brewers industry and their market caps are closest to SAM’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
China New Borun Corp (NYSE:BORN) 1 0 0
Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:TAP) 22 0 6
Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CCU) 4 0 0
Vina Concha y Toro S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:VCO) 1 0 0

With the results exhibited by Insider Monkey’s research, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM) is no exception.

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