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One of the stocks tracked by Insider Monkey that registered an increase in popularity among smart money investors last quarter is AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO). Between July and September, the number of investors tracked by us long AGCO went up by three. AGCO was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with AGCO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. However, 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 Gramercy Property Trust Inc (NYSE:GPT), Elbit Systems Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ:ESLT), and NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE:NS) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the recent action regarding AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO).
What does the smart money think about AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO)?
A total of 26 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO) at the end of the third quarter, an increase of 13% from the end of June. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Clifton S. Robbins’ Blue Harbour Group has the most valuable position in AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), worth close to $337.1 million, amounting to 12.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Cliff Asness of AQR Capital Management, with a $71.6 million position. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, and Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley’s Polar Capital.