While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC).
Is Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC) a buy, sell, or hold? Money managers are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund positions was trimmed by 1 in recent months. PPC was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 29 hedge funds in our database with PPC positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PPC to other stocks, including Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN), Hudson City Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCBK), and Targa Resources Partners LP (NYSE:NGLS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC).
How are hedge funds trading Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -3% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management has the biggest position in Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ:PPC), worth close to $80.2 million, corresponding to 0.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Gotham Asset Management’s heels is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with an $74 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.