Investing in hedge funds can bring large profits, but it’s not for everybody, since hedge funds are available only for high-net-worth individuals. They generate significant returns for investors to justify their large fees and they allocate a lot of time and employ a complex analysis to determine the best stocks to invest in. A particularly interesting group of stocks that hedge funds like is the small-caps. The huge amount of capital does not allow hedge funds to invest a lot in small-caps, but our research showed that their most popular small-cap ideas are less efficiently priced and generate stronger returns than their large- and mega-cap picks and the broader market. That is why we follow the hedge fund activity in the small-cap space.
BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. BFR was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with BFR positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare BFR to other stocks including Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR), Post Properties Inc (NYSE:PPS), and NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR).
What have hedge funds been doing with BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BFR over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, EMS Capital, led by Edmond M. Safra, holds the number one position in BBVA Banco Frances S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:BFR). EMS Capital has a $17.8 million position in the stock, comprising 1.8% of its 13F portfolio. On EMS Capital’s heels is Point State Capital, led by Zach Schreiber, holding a $13.3 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Millennium Management, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world, and Crispin Odey’s Odey Asset Management Group. 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.