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Is Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (PUK) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK) in this article.

Is Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK) undervalued? Investors who are in the know are indeed getting more bullish. The number of bullish hedge fund bets improved by 1 recently. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with PUK 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 Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB), and Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK).

How are hedge funds trading Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PUK heading into this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the number one position in Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK). Renaissance Technologies has a $8.3 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $3.5 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers that hold long positions contain Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management. We should note that Forward Management is 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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