Is Banco Macro SA (ADR) (NYSE:BMA) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2 and 20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments. More recently the top 30 mid-cap stocks (market caps between $1 billion and $10 billion) among hedge funds delivered an average return of 18% during the last four quarters (S&P 500 Index funds returned only 7.6% during the same period).
Banco Macro SA (ADR) (NYSE:BMA) was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. BMA has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with BMA holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BMA to other stocks including MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc (NYSE:MSM), DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE:DCT), and Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CCU) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the latest action regarding Banco Macro SA (ADR) (NYSE:BMA).
Hedge fund activity in Banco Macro SA (ADR) (NYSE:BMA)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 13% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BMA over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Zach Schreiber’s Point State Capital has the number one position in Banco Macro SA (ADR) (NYSE:BMA), worth close to $48.1 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Edmond M. Safra’s EMS Capital, holding a $36 million position; 3.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers that are bullish encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group and Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.