Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY).
Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY) investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently.ALLY was in 50 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September, 1 more than what was at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ALLY to other stocks including Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG), Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (ADR) (NYSE:MBT), and The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the new action regarding Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY).
Hedge fund activity in Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 50 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 2% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Cerberus Capital Management, managed by Stephen Feinberg, holds the biggest position in Ally Financial Inc (NYSE:ALLY). Cerberus Capital Management has a $469.5 million position in the stock, comprising 77.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Cerberus Capital Management’s heels is First Pacific Advisors LLC, led by Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick, holding a $210.2 million position; the fund has 1.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Howard Marks’ Oaktree Capital Management, Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’ Canyon Capital Advisors and Stephen C. Freidheim’s Cyrus Capital Partners.