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Hedge Funds Are Selling Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP)

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What’s more, we’re going to study the latest info for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP).

How are hedge funds trading Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -8% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)When using filings from the hedgies we track, East Side Capital (RR Partners), managed by Steven Richman, holds the biggest position in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). East Side Capital (RR Partners) has a $174.3 million position in the stock, comprising 8.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $98.2 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Since Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) has experienced bearish sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, we can see that there exists a select few money managers that slashed their positions entirely heading into Q2. Interestingly, Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital cut the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, worth about $13.7 million in stock, and Patrik Brummer of Zenit Asset Management AB was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $6.6 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into Q2.

Insider trading activity in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP). These stocks are The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX), Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG), T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW), Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ), and Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS). This group of stocks are in the asset management industry and their market caps are similar to AMP’s market cap.

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