Hedge Funds Are Dumping Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC)

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC)Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. BC shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with BC positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action regarding Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC).

Hedge fund activity in Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC)

At year’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -11% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Daruma Asset Management, managed by Mariko Gordon, holds the biggest position in Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC). Daruma Asset Management has a $72 million position in the stock, comprising 4.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Bennett Lawrence Management, managed by Van Schreiber, which held a $22 million position; the fund has 4.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Drew Cupps’s Cupps Capital Management and Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management.

Judging by the fact that Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) has experienced bearish sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there exists a select few funds that elected to cut their entire stakes in Q4. It’s worth mentioning that Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dumped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, valued at about $7 million in stock.. Dmitry Balyasny’s fund, Balyasny Asset Management, also said goodbye to its stock, about $3 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds in Q4.

How are insiders trading Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time frame, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned strategies, everyday investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) is an important part of this process.

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