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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (AGM)

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM).

Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest of late. AGM was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with AGM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AGM to other stocks including Suffolk Bancorp (NYSE:SCNB), Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LIND), and DXP Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:DXPE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a gain of 33% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards AGM over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management holds the most valuable position in Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corp. (NYSE:AGM). AQR Capital Management has a $8 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, which holds a $5.8 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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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