Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) – Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ)

Is Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) a bargain? Hedge funds are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions advanced by 2 recently.

Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG)

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a gander at the key action surrounding Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG).

What have hedge funds been doing with Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 17% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG), worth close to $160 million, accounting for 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $102 million position; 0% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group and Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital.

Now, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Moore Global Investments, managed by Louis Bacon, assembled the largest position in Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG). Moore Global Investments had 2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG). These stocks are Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ), Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG), Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK), and Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG). All of these stocks are in the asset management industry and their market caps are similar to AMG’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV) 8 0 9
Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) 23 0 6
Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE:PFG) 11 1 14
Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK) 11 0 0
Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) 2 0 0

With the results exhibited by Insider Monkey’s tactics, retail investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (NYSE:AMG) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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