Hedge Funds Are Betting On Deere & Company (DE)

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Is Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) worth your attention right now? Prominent investors are becoming hopeful. The number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 2 in recent months.

Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the latest action regarding Deere & Company (NYSE:DE).

How have hedgies been trading Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Berkshire Hathaway, managed by Warren Buffett, holds the largest position in Deere & Company (NYSE:DE). Berkshire Hathaway has a $342.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which held a $127.7 million position; the fund has 0.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, Tony Chedraoui’s Tyrus Capital and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management.

Consequently, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Tyrus Capital, managed by Tony Chedraoui, assembled the largest position in Deere & Company (NYSE:DE). Tyrus Capital had 32 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Bart Baum’s Ionic Capital Management also initiated a $6.9 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

What have insiders been doing with Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Deere & Company (NYSE:DE). These stocks are Terex Corporation (NYSE:TEX), AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY), CNH Global NV (ADR) (NYSE:CNH), and Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT). This group of stocks belong to the farm & construction machinery industry and their market caps are similar to DE’s market cap.

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