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Brazilian Arrests Have Currency, Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (BBD) Tumbling

The Brazilian real has fallen by more than 2% today, which in turn has shaken the shares of Brazilian commercial bank Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD), which is down by 5.63% on the NYSE today. The chain reaction started earlier today after two key officials in the country’s political and financial affairs were arrested on charges of obstructing an investigation into the country’s wide-spread corruption, which has crippled the stocks of other Brazilian-based companies like Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) this year (Petroleo is also down by more than 5% today). With Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD) now down by nearly 57% this year and paying a monthly dividend with a yield of 6.08%, is it a good time to buy the stock on weakness? Let’s look to recent smart money moves in the stock to try and find the answer.

Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD) has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD) holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Imperial Oil Limited (USA) (NYSEAMEX:IMO), Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM), and CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action surrounding Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD).

What have hedge funds been doing with Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 27% slide from one quarter earlier. 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 considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management has the most valuable position in Banco Bradesco SA (ADR) (NYSE:BBD), worth close to $54.6 million, corresponding to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, with a $27.7 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions encompass D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

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