The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) was in 56 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. PG shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 53 hedge funds in our database with PG positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a look at the recent action encompassing The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG).
How are hedge funds trading The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)?
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 56 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had the biggest position in The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), worth close to $3.5841 billion, accounting for 4.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, with a $1.8973 billion position; 20.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management, and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.
As aggregate interest increased, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Donald Chiboucis, established the largest position in The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG). Columbus Circle Investors had 138.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates also initiated a $18.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new PG investors: Stephen J. Errico’s Locust Wood Capital Advisers, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, and Eliav Assouline and Marc Andersen’s Axial Capital.
What have insiders been doing with The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG). These stocks are Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL), Kimberly Clark Corp (NYSE:KMB), and Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL). This group of stocks belong to the personal products industry and their market caps resemble PG’s market cap.