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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Franco-Nevada Corporation (FNV)

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Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV)Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. FNV investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with FNV holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Now, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV).

What have hedge funds been doing with Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 27% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, holds the largest position in Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV). First Eagle Investment Management has a $45.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is 3G Capital, managed by Jorge Paulo Lemann, which held a $23.7 million position; 2.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. 3G Capital, managed by Jorge Paulo Lemann, established the biggest position in Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV). 3G Capital had 23.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Thiessen’s Vertex One Asset Management also initiated a $10 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FNV investors: Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management, Michael Hintze’s CQS Cayman LP, and Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates.

What have insiders been doing with Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV). These stocks are Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD), Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI), Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN), Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM), and Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO). All of these stocks are in the gold industry and their market caps resemble FNV’s market cap.

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