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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF)

Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF) investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently.

Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF).

How are hedge funds trading Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF)?

At year’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, holds the most valuable position in Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF). Citadel Investment Group has a $86 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $58 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management.

Seeing as Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF) has experienced bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of funds that decided to sell off their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital cut the largest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, worth close to $12 million in stock., and Malcolm Fairbairn of Ascend Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $4 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF) has seen 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 10 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE:RJF) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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