Here is What Hedge Funds and Insiders Think About British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (BTI)

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Is British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI) a good investment?

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Furthermore, we’re going to discuss the latest info surrounding British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI).

How have hedgies been trading British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI)According to our 13F database, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management had the largest position in British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI), worth close to $352.6 million, comprising 0.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Tom Russo of Gardner Russo & Gardner, with a $241.2 million position; the fund has 2.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Peter Rathjens Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

Due to the fact British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI) has witnessed declining interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of hedgies that decided to sell off their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies sold off the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, worth close to $2.2 million in stock. Steven Cohen’s fund, SAC Capital Advisors, also dropped its stock, about $0.2 million worth. These bearish behaviors are interesting, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).

Insider trading activity in British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to British American Tobacco PLC (ADR) (NYSEAMEX:BTI). These stocks are Vector Group Ltd (NYSE:VGR), Lorillard Inc. (NYSE:LO), Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI), Altria Group Inc (NYSE:MO), and Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). This group of stocks are the members of the cigarettes industry and their market caps are closest to BTI’s market cap.

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