Is Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Investors who are in the know are betting on Anadarko, as the number of long hedge fund bets advanced by 17 lately. In this way, 65 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held shares of the company at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare APC to other stocks including Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW), LIBERTY GLOBAL PLC (NASDAQ:LBTYK), and Manulife Financial Corporation (USA) (NYSE:MFC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC).

What have hedge funds been doing with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 65 of the hedge fund followed by us held shares of Anadarko Petroleum, up by 35% over the quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, holds the biggest position in Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC). Viking Global has a $541 million position in the stock, comprising 2.3% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $420.5 million position; the fund has 1.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish contain Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Boykin Curry’s Eagle Capital Management.

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