Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (AEM)?

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to examine the newest info about Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM).

How are hedge funds trading Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -28% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM)According to our 13F database, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, holds the biggest position in Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM). First Eagle Investment Management has a $500.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Paulson of Paulson & Co, with a $27.9 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Gilchrist Berg’s Water Street Capital, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital.

Due to the fact Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM) has faced declining interest from upper-tier hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few money managers that decided to sell off their entire stakes in Q1. It’s worth mentioning that Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management dropped the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we track, totaling about $65.6 million in stock. Rob Citrone’s fund, Discovery Capital Management, also cut its stock, about $12.3 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest fell by 7 funds in Q1.

Insider trading activity in Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time frame, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM). These stocks are Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE:GFI), Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD), Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV), Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO), and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN). This group of stocks belong to the gold industry and their market caps resemble AEM’s market cap.

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