It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we will go over the recent hedge fund activity surrounding Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM).
Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM) was included in the 13F portfolios of 54 investors tracked by us at the end of September. ANTM investors should be aware of a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds, as there had been 58 investors with ANTM positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ANTM to other stocks, including American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE:AEP), Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL), and Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI), to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s review the key action encompassing Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM).
How are hedge funds trading Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM)?
A total of 54 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long Anthem heading into the fourth quarter, down by 7% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, holds the largest position in Anthem Inc (NYSE:ANTM). Glenview Capital has a $701.4 million position in the stock, comprising 5% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holding a $330.1 million position; the fund has 0.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism contain William B. Gray’s Orbis Investment Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.