Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (GOLD)

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Is it smart to be bullish on Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD)?

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Now that that’s out of the way, let’s examine the recent info surrounding Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD).

Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD)

What have hedge funds been doing with Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 42% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, holds the largest position in Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD). First Eagle Investment Management has a $78 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is John Paulson of Paulson & Co, with a $42.9 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Now, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Matt McLennan, initiated the biggest position in Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD). First Eagle Investment Management had 78 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John Paulson’s Paulson & Co also made a $42.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GOLD investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

How have insiders been trading Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Randgold Resources Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:GOLD). These stocks are Eldorado Gold Corp (USA) (NYSE:EGO), Kinross Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:KGC), AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE:AU), Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (USA) (NYSE:AEM), and Compania de Minas Buenaventura SA (ADR) (NYSE:BVN). This group of stocks belong to the gold industry and their market caps resemble GOLD’s market cap.

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