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Is BorgWarner Inc. (BWA) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA) a buy?

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What’s more, let’s examine the recent info surrounding BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA).

Hedge fund activity in BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA)

At Q2’s end, a total of 32 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 60% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA)According to our 13F database, Natixis Global Asset Management’s Harris Associates had the biggest position in BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA), worth close to $289 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. On Harris Associates’s heels is Christopher Medlock James of Partner Fund Management, with a $79.5 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Christopher Lord’s Criterion Capital.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Partner Fund Management, managed by Christopher Medlock James, created the largest position in BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA). Partner Fund Management had 79.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors also made a $52.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new BWA investors: Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Christopher Lord’s Criterion Capital, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA). These stocks are Lear Corporation (NYSE:LEA), Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE:DLPH), LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ), TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE:TRW), and Autoliv Inc. (NYSE:ALV). This group of stocks are the members of the auto parts industry and their market caps resemble BWA’s market cap.

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