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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG)

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Investing in small cap stocks has historically been a way to outperform the market, as small cap companies typically grow faster on average than the blue chips. That outperformance comes with a price, however, as there are occasional periods of higher volatility. The time period between June 25 and the end of October was one of those periods, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has underperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 14 percentage points. Given that the funds we track tend to have a disproportionate amount of their portfolios in smaller cap stocks, they have seen some volatility in their portfolios too. Actually their moves are potentially one of the factors that contributed to this volatility. In this article, we use our extensive database of hedge fund holdings to find out what the smart money thinks of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG).

Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. AMG has experienced an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 27 hedge funds in our database with AMG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AMG to other stocks including HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE:HFC), Pentair plc. Ordinary Share (NYSE:PNR), and Ultrapar Participacoes SA (ADR) (NYSE:UGP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s view the new action regarding Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG).

What have hedge funds been doing with Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 26% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the number one position in Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG), worth close to $141.3 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Farallon Capital, managed by Thomas Steyer, which holds a $91.1 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Panayotis Takis Sparaggis’s Alkeon Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

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