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What do Hedge Funds think of ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (ING)?

While the market driven by short-term sentiment influenced by uncertainty regarding the future of the interest rate environment in the US, the low commodity prices and the economic turmoil in China, many smart money investors are keeping their optimism regarding the current bull run, while still hedging many of their long positions. However, as we know, big investors usually buy stocks with strong fundamentals, which is why we believe we can profit from imitating them. In this article, we are going to take a look at the smart money sentiment surrounding ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING).

ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING) has seen an increase in hedge fund interest recently. ING was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with ING positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ING to other stocks including Prudential Public Limited Company (ADR) (NYSE:PUK), Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC), and Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the new action surrounding ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING).

How are hedge funds trading ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 86% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital has the largest position in ING Groep N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:ING), worth close to $9.7 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, holding a $5 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Patrik Brummer’s Zenit Asset Management AB, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.