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KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Is KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) a splendid investment now? The best stock pickers are getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions went up by 3 lately.

KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR)

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action surrounding KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR).

How have hedgies been trading KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 15% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Ariel Investments, managed by John W. Rogers, holds the largest position in KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR). Ariel Investments has a $147.7 million position in the stock, comprising 2.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $79.5 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital, Leon Cooperman’s Omega Advisors and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) headfirst. Chilton Investment Company, managed by Richard Chilton, initiated the biggest position in KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR). Chilton Investment Company had 20.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also made a $4.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new KKR investors: Wojciech Uzdelewicz’s Espalier Global Management, Bruce Silver’s Silver Capital Management LLC, and Robert Raiff’s Raiff Partners.

How are insiders trading KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR). These stocks are American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS), Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR), Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ), Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE:LM), and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE:OZM). This group of stocks belong to the asset management industry and their market caps are closest to KKR’s market cap.

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