It was a rough third quarter for many hedge funds, which were naturally unable to overcome the big dip in the broad market, as the S&P 500 fell by about 7% during the quarter. The Russell 2000, composed of smaller companies, performed even worse, trailing the S&P by about 14 percentage points between June 25 and October 30, as investors fled less-known quantities for safe havens. This was the case with hedge funds, who we heard were pulling money from the market amid the volatility, which included money from small-cap stocks, which they invest in at a higher rate than other investors. This action contributed to the greater decline in these stocks during the tumultuous period. We will study how this market volatility affected their sentiment towards Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU) during the quarter below.
Agrium Inc. (USA) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. AGU investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with AGU 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 Fidelity National Financial Inc (NYSE:FNF), FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:FLT), and AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action encompassing Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU).
Hedge fund activity in Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -31% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital has the most valuable position in Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU), worth close to $895.3 million, corresponding to 5.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by D E Shaw, which holds a $170.3 million position; 0.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Daniel Bubis’s Tetrem Capital Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.