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Is Ambev SA (ADR) (ABEV) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The SEC requires hedge funds and wealthy investors with over a certain portfolio size to file a report that shows their positions at the end of every quarter. Even though it isn’t the intention, these filings level the playing field for ordinary investors. The latest round of 13F filings discloses the funds’ positions on September 30. We at Insider Monkey have compiled an extensive database of more than 700 of those successful funds and prominent investors’ filings. In this article, we analyze how these successful funds and prominent investors traded Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV) based on those filings.

Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV)investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest of late. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with ABEV holdings 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 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP), Eli Lilly & Co. (NYSE:LLY), and United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) to gather more data points.

At Insider Monkey, we’ve developed an investment strategy that has delivered market-beating returns over the past 12 months. Our strategy identifies the 100 best-performing funds of the previous quarter from among the collection of 700+ successful funds that we track in our database, which we accomplish using our returns methodology. We then study the portfolios of those 100 funds using the latest 13F data to uncover the 30 most popular mid-cap stocks (market caps of between $1 billion and $10 billion) among them to hold until the next filing period. This strategy delivered 18% gains over the past 12 months, more than doubling the 8% returns enjoyed by the S&P 500 ETFs.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV).

Hedge fund activity in Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 19% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 21 hedge funds with a bullish position in ABEV at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the most valuable position in Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV). Fisher Asset Management has a $145.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $75.6 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include William von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management, John Horseman’s Horseman Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies. 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.

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