Hedge Funds Are Betting On Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN)

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. RTN investors should be aware of an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with RTN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN)

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the latest action surrounding Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN).

Hedge fund activity in Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN)

In preparation for this year, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 4% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management had the biggest position in Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), worth close to $240 million, comprising 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. On Adage Capital Management’s heels is AQR Capital Management, managed by Cliff Asness, which held a $72 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include David Harding’s Winton Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, established the biggest position in Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN). D E Shaw had 14 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also initiated a $6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new RTN investors: Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

How are insiders trading Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time frame, Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 9 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by the aforementioned research, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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