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Is Nokia Corp (ADR) (NOK) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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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 Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE:NOK).

Is Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) undervalued? The best stock pickers are getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings swelled by 1 recently. NOK was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with NOK holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NOK to other stocks including Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX), and Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a rise of 7% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 26 hedge funds with a bullish position in NOK at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies has the biggest position in Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), worth close to $232.8 million, amounting to 3.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ariel Investments, led by John W. Rogers, which holds a $120.3 million position; the fund has 1.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group. 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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