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American Equity Investment Life Holding (NYSE:AEL) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. AEL was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with AEL positions 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 Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:ARLP), AlarmCom Hldg Inc (NASDAQ:ALRM), and Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:ABG) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a peek at the key action regarding American Equity Investment Life Holding (NYSE:AEL).
Hedge fund activity in American Equity Investment Life Holding (NYSE:AEL)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -24% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 19 hedge funds with a bullish position in AEL at the beginning of this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, led by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in American Equity Investment Life Holding (NYSE:AEL). Pzena Investment Management has a $45 million position in the stock, comprising 0.3% of its 13F portfolio. On Pzena Investment Management’s heels is D E Shaw, led by D. E. Shaw, which holds a $15.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.