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Is Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. AMP was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 32 hedge funds in our database with AMP 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 FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), NetEase, Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:NTES), and Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s go over the recent action encompassing Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP).

Hedge fund activity in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP)

At Q3’s end, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down 9% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management has the most valuable position in Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE:AMP), worth close to $77.7 million and comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is David E Shaw’s D E Shaw, which holds a $67.3 million Stake; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners.

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