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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Barclays PLC (ADR) (BCS)

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Should Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) investors track the following data?

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What’s more, it’s important to study the recent info surrounding Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 15% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.

Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS)When using filings from the hedgies we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS). Renaissance Technologies has a $9.3 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Ascend Capital, managed by Malcolm Fairbairn, which held a $3.9 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, assembled the most outsized position in Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS). Renaissance Technologies had 9.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital also initiated a $3.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS). These stocks are Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ADR) (NYSE:ITUB), Banco Santander, S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:SAN), Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:RBS), Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG), and UBS AG (USA) (NYSE:UBS). This group of stocks belong to the foreign money center banks industry and their market caps are similar to BCS’s market cap.

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