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Is Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC) the right investment to pursue these days? The best stock pickers are betting on the stock. The number of bullish hedge fund bets increased by 2 recently. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article, we will examine companies such as EZCORP Inc (NASDAQ:EZPW), Flexion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FLXN), and Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE:HYI) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the new action encompassing Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC).
What have hedge funds been doing with Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC)?
At the end of Q3, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 50% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies holds the most valuable position in Ecopetrol S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:EC). Renaissance Technologies has a $22.9 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is BlueCrest Capital Mgmt., managed by Michael Platt and William Reeves, which holds a $5.5 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, D E Shaw, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.