Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Is Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) an exceptional stock to buy now? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions inched up by 2 lately.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a glance at the latest action regarding Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT).

How are hedge funds trading Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 9% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management had the most valuable position in Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT), worth close to $393 million, comprising 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On First Eagle Investment Management’s heels is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which held a $355 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds that hold long positions include Daniel Bubis’s Tetrem Capital Management, and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, established the most valuable position in Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT). First Eagle Investment Management had 393 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Jabre’s Jabre Capital Partners also made a $73 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new POT positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management, and Anthony Giammalva’s Sound Energy Partners.

How have insiders been trading Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned studies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) is an important part of this process.

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