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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (BVN)

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Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. BVN has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with BVN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action encompassing Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN).

What does the smart money think about Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 43% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN)According to our comprehensive database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the largest position in Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN), worth close to $7.7 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital Management, with a $5.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds that are bullish include Jane Mendillo’s Harvard Management Co, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. PEAK6 Capital Management, managed by Matthew Hulsizer, assembled the biggest position in Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN). PEAK6 Capital Management had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BVN positions are Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, Mike Vranos’s Ellington, and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

How are insiders trading Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the last 180-day time frame, Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, 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 Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN). These stocks are Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI), Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV), Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD), Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO), and Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM). All of these stocks are in the gold industry and their market caps are similar to BVN’s market cap.

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