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Is BCE Inc. (USA) (BCE) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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Out of thousands of stocks that are currently traded on the market, it is difficult to determine those that can really generate strong returns. Hedge funds and institutional investors spend millions of dollars on analysts with MBAs and PhDs, who are industry experts and well connected to other industry and media insiders on top of that. Individual investors can piggyback the hedge funds employing these talents and can benefit from their vast resources and knowledge in that way. We analyze quarterly 13F filings of over 700 hedge funds and, by looking at the smart money sentiment that surrounds a stock, we can determine whether it has potential to beat the market over the long-term. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what smart money thinks about BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE).

BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE) registered an increase in popularity among smart money investors tracked by Insider Monkey during the third quarter. At the end of September, 16 funds held long positions in BCE, down by one over the quarter. However, 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 Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY), Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO), and FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE).

What does the smart money think about BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 16 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long BCE, which represnts a rise of 7% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 14 hedge funds with a bullish position in BCE at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review 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, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the number one position in BCE Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BCE), worth close to $88.4 million. Coming in second is Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies holding a $33.3 million position. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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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