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Is Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (PAG) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Like everyone else, successful investors make mistakes. Some of their top consensus picks, such as Valeant and SunEdison, have not done well during the last 12 months due to various reasons. Nevertheless, the data show successful investors’ consensus picks have done well on average. The top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters. S&P 500 Index returned only 7.6% during the same period and less than 49% of its constituents managed to beat this return. Because their consensus picks have done well, we pay attention to what successful funds and billionaire investors think before doing extensive research on a stock. In this article, we take a closer look at Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG) a first-rate investment today? The best stock pickers are unmistakably reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 4 in recent months. PAGwas in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with PAG positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL), White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd (NYSE:WTM), and Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC) to gather more data points.

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG)

Now, let’s analyze the fresh action regarding Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG).

What does the smart money think about Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -25% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in PAG at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s elite fund database, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the largest position in Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG). GAMCO Investors has a $40.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is Balyasny Asset Management, led by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $9.5 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Murray Stahl’s Horizon Asset Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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