What Hedge Funds Think About General Cable Corporation (BGC)

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Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to analyze the recent info about General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC).

How have hedgies been trading General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -5% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Cadian Capital, managed by Eric Bannasch, holds the largest position in General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC). Cadian Capital has a $148.8 million position in the stock, comprising 4.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, which held a $31 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital.

Due to the fact General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) has witnessed a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there was a specific group of fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely at the end of the second quarter. Interestingly, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates cut the largest investment of all the hedgies we watch, totaling an estimated $2.1 million in call options.. Matthew Hulsizer’s fund, PEAK6 Capital Management, also sold off its call options., about $1.7 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 1 funds at the end of the second quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC)?

Legal insider trading, particularly when it’s bullish, is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC). These stocks are Woodward Inc (NASDAQ:WWD), Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS), Franklin Electric Co. (NASDAQ:FELE), Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC), and EnerSys (NYSE:ENS). This group of stocks are in the industrial electrical equipment industry and their market caps are closest to BGC’s market cap.

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