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Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest of late. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with LYG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. There were 11 at the end of Q3. At the end of this article we will also compare LYG to other stocks including BT Group plc (ADR) (NYSE:BT), UBS AG (USA) (NYSE:UBS), and Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE:CNI) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action surrounding Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG).
What does the smart money think about Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 10% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 5 hedge funds with a bullish position in LYG at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s elite fund database, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the biggest position in Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG). Fisher Asset Management has a $308.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $18 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Kenneth Tropin’s Graham Capital Management, J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management and Richard Mashaal’s Rima Senvest Management. We should note that Forward Management is 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.