Is Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (PBR) A Good Stock to Buy? Top Investors Think So

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR).

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. PBR was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with PBR holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare PBR to other stocks including Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE:SU), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:TEVA), and EOG Resources Inc (NYSE:EOG) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action encompassing Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR).

How are hedge funds trading Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 39% jump from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings 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 biggest position in Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR), worth close to $262.4 million. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Rob Citrone of Discovery Capital Management, with a $146.1 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and John Horseman’s Horseman Capital Management.

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