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Is Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (RY) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions were trimmed by 4 lately. Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY) positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article, we will also compare Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY) to other stocks, including United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP), and Ambev SA (ADR) (NYSE:ABEV) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action surrounding Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY).

How are hedge funds trading Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 19% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Tetrem Capital Management, managed by Daniel Bubis, holds the biggest position in Royal Bank of Canada (USA) (NYSE:RY). Tetrem Capital Management has a $208.9 million position in the stock, comprising 7.1% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $123.1 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism contain Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management.

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