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Janus Capital Group Inc (JNS): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is it smart to be bullish on Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)?

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What’s more, it’s important to discuss the latest info about Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS).

Hedge fund activity in Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)

Heading into Q3, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 58% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, holds the most valuable position in Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS). Ariel Investments has a $159.6 million position in the stock, comprising 2.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ken Fisher of Fisher Asset Management, with a $56.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) headfirst. Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, assembled the most outsized position in Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS). Ariel Investments had 159.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management also initiated a $56.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new JNS investors: Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS). These stocks are Gamco Investors Inc. (NYSE:GBL), AllianceBernstein Holding LP (NYSE:AB), Virtus Investment Partners Inc (NASDAQ:VRTS), Cohen & Steers, Inc. (NYSE:CNS), and Financial Engines Inc (NASDAQ:FNGN). This group of stocks are the members of the asset management industry and their market caps resemble JNS’s market cap.

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