Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months.
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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a look at the recent action surrounding Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO).
How are hedge funds trading Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 40% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.
When looking at the hedgies we track, George Soros’s Soros Fund Management had the largest position in Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO), worth close to $199.3 million, comprising 2.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Soros Fund Management’s heels is Ospraie Management, managed by Dwight Anderson, which held a $84.2 million position; 72.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management.
Now, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, assembled the largest position in Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO). Renaissance Technologies had 1.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management also made a $0.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new AGRO position is Mike Vranos’s Ellington.
How are insiders trading Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, 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 Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO). These stocks are Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE:CQB), Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ:CVGW), Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CRESY), Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc (NYSE:FDP), and The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANDE). This group of stocks are in the farm products industry and their market caps are closest to AGRO’s market cap.