Most investors tend to think that hedge funds and other asset managers are worthless, as they cannot beat even simple index fund portfolios. In fact, most people expect hedge funds to compete with and outperform the bull market that we have witnessed over the past few years. However, hedge funds are generally partially hedged and aim at delivering attractive risk-adjusted returns rather than following the ups and downs of equity markets hoping that they will outperform the broader market. Our research shows that hedge funds do have great stock picking skills, so let’s take a glance at the smart money sentiment towards Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX).
Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX) was included in the equity portfolios of 45 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey at the end of September. The company saw a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money during the third quarter, since, at the end of June, 33 funds held shares of the company. 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 Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), AvalonBay Communities Inc (NYSE:AVB), and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s analyze the fresh action encompassing Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX).
How are hedge funds trading Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 15% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital has the number one position in Barrick Gold Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ABX), worth close to $400.1 million, corresponding to 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, with a $216 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other peers with similar optimism encompass Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.