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 Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO).
Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. At the end of this article we will also compare BRO to other stocks, including GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL), and Six Flags Entertainment Corp (NYSE:SIX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the fresh action regarding Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO).
How are hedge funds trading Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -6% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. has the biggest position in Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), worth close to $34.6 million, amounting to 1.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Wallace R. Weitz & Co.’s heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $24.9 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.