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PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (PTR): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The market has been volatile due to elections and the potential of another Federal Reserve rate increase. Small cap stocks have been on a tear, as the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) has outperformed the larger S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 10 percentage points since the end of June. SEC filings and hedge fund investor letters indicate that the smart money seems to be getting back in stocks, and the funds’ movements is one of the reasons why small-cap stocks are red hot. In this article, we analyze what the smart money thinks of PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR) and find out how it is affected by hedge funds’ moves.

PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare PTR to other stocks including Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT), British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI), and TOTAL S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TOT) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the new action surrounding PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR).

What have hedge funds been doing with PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in PTR at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world,, holds the biggest position in PetroChina Company Limited (ADR) (NYSE:PTR). Renaissance Technologies has a $14.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, holding a $8.2 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that Bridgewater Associates 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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