American Capital Agency Corp. (AGNC) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC).
Hedge fund activity in American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.
Of the funds we track, Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management had the biggest position in American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC), worth close to $231 million, comprising 4.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $42.9 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Brian Jackelow’s SAB Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.
Seeing as American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) has faced falling interest from the smart money, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies that elected to cut their full holdings heading into Q2. Interestingly, Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments said goodbye to the biggest investment of the 450+ funds we watch, valued at an estimated $18.1 million in stock., and James Melcher of Balestra was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $16 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as aggregate hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
How have insiders been trading American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC). These stocks are Camden Property Trust (NYSE:CPT), UDR, Inc. (NYSE:UDR), Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL), Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR), and AvalonBay Communities Inc (NYSE:AVB). This group of stocks are the members of the reit – residential industry and their market caps resemble AGNC’s market cap.