Is Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) the right investment to pursue these days? Prominent investors are taking a bullish view. The number of long hedge fund positions went up by 2 lately.
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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the recent action regarding Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET).
How are hedge funds trading Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET)?
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 49 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 4% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET). Pzena Investment Management has a $255 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, which held a $180 million position; 2.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies, Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management and David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP.
As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have jumped into Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) headfirst. Appaloosa Management LP, managed by David Tepper, created the most valuable position in Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET). Appaloosa Management LP had 112 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Richard Perry’s Perry Capital also made a $49 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, and Kevin D. Eng’s Columbus Hill Capital Management.
What do corporate executives and insiders think about Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
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