Is Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) a good stock to buy right now? We at Insider Monkey like to examine what billionaires and hedge funds think of a company before doing days of research on it. Given their 2-and-20 payment structure, hedge funds have more resources than the average investor. The funds have access to expert networks and get tips from industry insiders. They also have numerous Ivy League graduates and MBAs on their staffs. Like everyone else, hedge funds perform miserably at times, but their consensus picks have historically outperformed the market after risk adjustments.
Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. JNS has seen a slight decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with JNS positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare JNS to other stocks including REGAL-BELOIT CORPORATION (NYSE:RBC), The Medicines Company (NASDAQ:MDCO), and NorthWestern Corp (NYSE:NWE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the key action surrounding Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS).
How have hedgies been trading Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change 5% slip from the second quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the biggest position in Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE:JNS), worth close to $84.6 million, comprising 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Fisher Asset Management, managed by Ken Fisher, which holds a $55.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish consist of D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.