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Is AmerisourceBergen Corp. (ABC) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC).

AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. 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 Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH), Tenaris S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TS), and Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:CLR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the latest action regarding AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC).

Hedge fund activity in AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 37 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 12% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, James Crichton’s Hitchwood Capital Management has the most valuable position in AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE:ABC), worth close to $323.1 million, comprising 9.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $71.8 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish encompass Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and David Harding’s Winton Capital Management.

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