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Is Bank of Montreal (USA) (BMO) a Good Stock To Buy?

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We know that hedge funds generate strong risk-adjusted returns over the long run, therefore imitating the picks that they are collectively bullish on can be a profitable strategy for retail investors. With billions of dollars in assets, smart money investors have to conduct complex analyses, spend many resources and use tools that are not always available for the general crowd. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have occasional colossal losses; they do (like Ackman’s recent Valeant losses). However, it is still good idea to keep an eye on hedge fund activity. With this in mind, as the current round of 13F filings has just ended, let’s examine the smart money sentiment towards Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO).

Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO) saw a slight increase in popularity among smart money investors last quarter. Among the funds in the Insider Monkey database, 16 funds held shares of Bank of Montreal at the end of September, compared to 15 investors at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare BMO to other stocks including FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX), PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC), and America Movil SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE:AMX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, which represents an increase of 7% over the quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in BMO at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the most valuable position in Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO), worth close to $123.3 million. The second most bullish fund is Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management, holding a $24.9 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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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