Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently.
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Keeping this in mind, we're going to take a peek at the latest action surrounding Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT).
In preparation for this year, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 9% from the third quarter. With the smart money's sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
According to our comprehensive database, Jean-Marie Eveillard's First Eagle Investment Management had the largest position in Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT), worth close to $392.5 million, accounting for 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which held a $354.8 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Daniel Bubis's Tetrem Capital Management, and Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies.
As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) headfirst. First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, created the biggest position in Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT). First Eagle Investment Management had 392.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Jabre's Jabre Capital Partners also made a $73.2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new POT investors: Jim Simons's Renaissance Technologies, Robert Bishop's Impala Asset Management, and Anthony Giammalva's Sound Energy Partners.
Insider buying is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time period, Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT). These stocks are CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF), Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU), Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON), Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS), and Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE:SYT). This group of stocks are in the agricultural chemicals industry and their market caps match POT's market cap.
|Company Name||# of Hedge Funds||# of Insiders Buying||# of Insiders Selling|
|CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF)||40||0||3|
|Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE:AGU)||22||0||0|
|Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)||54||0||8|
|Mosaic Co (NYSE:MOS)||35||2||0|
|Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE:SYT)||10||0||0|
With the results demonstrated by the aforementioned time-tested strategies, retail investors must always pay attention to hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE:POT) is no exception.
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