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Hedge Funds Don’t Really Care for UBS Group AG (UBS)

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and famous investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds and investors’ positions as of the end of the third quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS) based on that data.

Hedge funds aren’t big fans of UBS, as shares of the company were found in the portfolios of just 15 funds, which represented a decrease for the second straight quarter, though the declines have been small. Regardless, just 1.9% of the company’s shares were owned by the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey’s database. UBS ranked 19th on the list of Billionaire Ken Fisher’s Top Stock Picks Heading Into 2019, with his investment firm owning a $756 million position in the stock.

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What does the smart money think about UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 6% from the second quarter of 2018. On the other hand, there were a total of 14 hedge funds with a bullish position in UBS in the middle of 2017. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Among these funds, Fisher Asset Management held the most valuable stake in UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS), which was worth $712.8 million at the end of the second quarter. On the second spot was Pzena Investment Management which amassed $165.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, LMR Partners, Appaloosa Management LP, and PDT Partners were also bullish on UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

Since UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS) has witnessed a decline in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there were a few fund managers that slashed their positions entirely heading into Q3. Intriguingly, Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser’s Magnetar Capital said goodbye to the biggest stake of the 700 funds followed by Insider Monkey, comprising an estimated $0.5 million in stock. Matthew Tewksbury’s fund, Stevens Capital Management, also dumped its stock, about $0.4 million worth.

Let’s also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS). These stocks are Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL), Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN), Banco Santander (Brasil) SA (ADR) (NYSE:BSBR), and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG). This group of stocks’ market caps resemble UBS’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
CL 30 1635838 -6
AGN 58 4841727 -1
BSBR 11 91226 4
CELG 57 3627854 -4

As you can see these stocks had an average of 39 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $2.55 billion. That figure was $1.07 billion in UBS’s case. Allergan, Inc. (NYSE:AGN) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Banco Santander (Brasil) SA (ADR) (NYSE:BSBR) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. UBS Group AG (NYSE:UBS) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. This is a slightly negative signal and we’d rather spend our time researching stocks that hedge funds are piling on. In this regard AGN might be a better candidate to consider a long position.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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