Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about AEGON N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:AEG) in this article.
AEGON N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:AEG) has seen an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. AEG was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with AEG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare AEG to other stocks including News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA), Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK), and Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading AEGON N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:AEG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 100% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 0 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in AEG heading into this year. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in AEGON N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:AEG), worth close to $6.1 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital, with a $3.3 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management. 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.