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Alamos Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AGI) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers recently. AGI was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with AGI positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B), Puma Biotechnology Inc (NYSE:PBYI), and Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Alamos Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AGI)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 25% decline from the second quarter of 2016, as hedge fund ownership sinks to a yearly low. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in AGI over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Sun Valley Gold, led by Peter Franklin Palmedo, holds the most valuable position in Alamos Gold Inc (USA) (NYSE:AGI). Sun Valley Gold has a $40.4 million position in the stock, comprising 1.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $31.3 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism encompass Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, Eric Sprott’s Sprott Asset Management, and David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Sun Valley Gold and Sprott Asset Management) 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.