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Hedge fund interest in PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare PHM to other stocks including Partnerre Ltd (NYSE:PRE), NetSuite Inc (NYSE:N), and Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the new action regarding PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM).
What have hedge funds been doing with PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 27 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Legg Mason Capital Management, managed by Bill Miller, holds the most valuable position in PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM). Legg Mason Capital Management has an $124 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Impala Asset Management, managed by Robert Bishop, which holds an $95 million position; 5.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP and Robert Hockett’s Covalent Capital Partners.
Since PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) has experienced a declination in interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there were a few hedgies who sold off their positions entirely in the third quarter. Interestingly, George Soros’s Soros Fund Management said goodbye to the biggest position of all the hedgies followed by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $63.9 million in stock. Ken Griffin’s fund, Citadel Investment Group, also dumped its stock, about $15.3 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).