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LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. LYB was in 51 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with LYB holdings 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 Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to take a peek at the key action encompassing LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB).
What does the smart money think about LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 51 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Soroban Capital Partners, managed by Eric W. Mandelblatt, holds the number one position in LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB). Soroban Capital Partners has a $445.2 million position in the stock, comprising 2.7% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Viking Global, managed by Andreas Halvorsen, which holds a $319.4 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management.
With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. As mentioned above, Soroban Capital Partners established the most outsized position in LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB). The other funds with brand new LYB positions are Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion Capital Management.
Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) but similarly valued. These stocks are Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), Prudential Financial Inc (NYSE:PRU), and Liberty Global PLC LiLAC Class C (NASDAQ:LILAK). This group of stocks’ market caps are closest to LYB’s market cap.
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As you can see these stocks had an average of 35 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $1.07 billion. That figure was $2.44 billion in LYB’s case. Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG) is the least popular one with only 23 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.