Vale SA (ADR) (VALE): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE) investors: listen up.

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s analyze the newest info surrounding Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 10% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially.

Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)According to our 13F database, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the most valuable position in Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE), worth close to $50.9 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jason Adler of AlphaBet Management, with a $23.1 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.

Now, certain money managers have jumped into Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE) headfirst. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, initiated the largest position in Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE). Renaissance Technologies had 50.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jason Adler’s AlphaBet Management also initiated a $23.1 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.

What have insiders been doing with Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Vale SA (ADR) (NYSE:VALE). These stocks are Cameco Corporation (USA) (NYSE:CCJ), Teck Resources Ltd (USA) (NYSE:TCK), BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE:BHP), BHP Billiton plc (ADR) (NYSE:BBL), and Rio Tinto plc (ADR) (NYSE:RIO). All of these stocks are in the industrial metals & minerals industry and their market caps resemble VALE’s market cap.

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