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Is ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (ING) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING) a good investment?

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Thus, let’s discuss the recent info about ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING).

What have hedge funds been doing with ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 175% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

According to our 13F database, Luxor Capital Group, managed by Christian Leone, holds the most valuable position in ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING). Luxor Capital Group has a $188.9 million position in the stock, comprising 5.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, which held a $186.3 million position; 1.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that are bullish include David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Jay Petschek and Steven Major’s Corsair Capital Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the titans, particular hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Luxor Capital Group, managed by Christian Leone, created the largest position in ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING). Luxor Capital Group had 188.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management also initiated a $186.3 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Jay Petschek and Steven Major’s Corsair Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING) has experienced 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 ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING). These stocks are Sun Life Financial Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SLF), Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET), Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK), Manulife Financial Corporation (USA) (NYSE:MFC), and Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU). This group of stocks belong to the life insurance industry and their market caps match ING’s market cap.

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