Is Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG) a good investment right now? We check hedge fund and billionaire investor sentiment before delving into hours of research. Hedge funds spend millions of dollars on Ivy League graduates, expert networks, and get tips from industry insiders. They fail miserably sometimes, but historically their consensus stock picks outperformed the market after adjusting for known risk factors.
Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. BG was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with BG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BG to other stocks, including American Water Works Co., Inc. (NYSE:AWK), Lennar Corporation (NYSE:LEN), and Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s check out the fresh action encompassing Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG).
What does the smart money think about Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -15% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ralph V. Whitworth’s Relational Investors has the number one position in Bunge Ltd (NYSE:BG), worth close to $362.6 million, accounting for 43.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Carlson Capital, led by Clint Carlson, holding a $199.9 million position; 2.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.