The latest 13F reporting period has come and gone, and Insider Monkey is again at the forefront when it comes to making use of this gold mine of data. We have processed the filings of the more than 700 world-class investment firms that we track and now have access to the collective wisdom contained in these filings, which are based on their September 30 holdings, data that is available nowhere else. Should you consider Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) for your portfolio? We’ll look to this invaluable collective wisdom for the answer.
Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. EV investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with EV positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), CSRA Inc (MYSE:CSRA), and Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the fresh action surrounding Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV).
How are hedge funds trading Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -10% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 10 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in EV heading into this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the number one position in Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV). AQR Capital Management has a $5.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world with a $3.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies, Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management and Clinton Group. 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.