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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (TROW)

There are several ways to beat the market, and investing in small cap stocks has historically been one of them. We like to improve the odds of beating the market further by examining what famous hedge fund operators such as Jeff Ubben, George Soros and Carl Icahn think. Those hedge fund operators make billions of dollars each year by hiring the best and the brightest to do research on stocks, including small cap stocks that big brokerage houses simply don’t cover. Because of Carl Icahn and other elite funds’ exemplary historical records, we pay attention to their small cap picks. In this article, we use hedge fund filing data to analyze T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW).

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest of late. Our calculations also showed that TROW isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Tom Gayner

We’re going to review the latest hedge fund action encompassing T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW).

How have hedgies been trading T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW)?

Heading into the second quarter of 2019, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 18% from the fourth quarter of 2018. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in TROW over the last 15 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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Among these funds, Millennium Management held the most valuable stake in T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW), which was worth $167.7 million at the end of the first quarter. On the second spot was Renaissance Technologies which amassed $122.3 million worth of shares. Moreover, Citadel Investment Group, AQR Capital Management, and Markel Gayner Asset Management were also bullish on T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have been driving this bullishness. Junto Capital Management, managed by James Parsons, created the biggest position in T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW). Junto Capital Management had $18.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management also made a $3.8 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, Jeffrey Talpins’s Element Capital Management, and Brandon Haley’s Holocene Advisors.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) but similarly valued. These stocks are PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR), Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN), Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS), and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to TROW’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
PCAR 23 94730 4
WCN 26 545837 -2
DFS 36 742031 -1
FCAU 27 2246774 -7
Average 28 907343 -1.5

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 28 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $907 million. That figure was $520 million in TROW’s case. Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ:PCAR) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TROW) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 1.9% in Q2 through May 30th and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by more than 3 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on TROW as the stock returned 2.5% during the same time frame and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

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

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