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Should You Add Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (RCI) to Your Portfolio?

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Insider Monkey finished processing more than 700 13F filings made by hedge funds and prominent investors. These filings show these funds’ portfolio positions as of September 30. What do these smart investors think about Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI)?

Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI) saw an increase in hedge fund sentiment during the third quarter. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with RCI holdings at the end of September. However, 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 Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE:DPS), and United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI).

How are hedge funds trading Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Rogers Communications, up by 40% over the quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 16 hedge funds with a bullish position in RCI 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.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the biggest position in Rogers Communications Inc. (USA) (NYSE:RCI). AQR Capital Management has a $48.4 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is McKinley Capital Management, led by Robert B. Gillam, holding a $39.9 million position; the fund has 1.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions encompass Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, and Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.

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