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Hedge Funds Are Betting On Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (HMC)

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How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend hours of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) .

Is Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC) a bargain? Prominent investors are indeed buying. The number of bullish hedge fund bets swelled by 3 in recent months. HMC was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with HMC holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare HMC to other stocks including Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT), Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI), and Banco Santander (Brasil) SA (ADR) (NYSE:BSBR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to analyze the latest action encompassing Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC).

How are hedge funds trading Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 38% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards HMC over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the most valuable position in Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC). Renaissance Technologies has a $103.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Orbis Investment Management, led by William B. Gray, which holds a $14.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that hold long positions consist of Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. We should note that Orbis Investment Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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