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Is BRF SA (ADR) (NYSE:BRFS) the right investment to pursue these days? Money managers are indeed actually turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund investments were cut by 1 lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with BRFS positions at the end of September. 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 W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW), Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP), and Spectra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE:SEP) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in BRF SA (ADR) (NYSE:BRFS)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, down by 11% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 14 hedge funds with a bullish position in BRFS at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the number one position in BRF Brasil Foods SA (ADR) (NYSE:BRFS), worth close to $151.1 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Daniel Gold’s QVT Financial which holds a $10.4 million position. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Andre F. Perold’s HighVista Strategies. 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.