See Which Of The Latest 13F Filers Holds Altria Group

At Holdings Channel , we have reviewed the latest batch of the 20 most recent 13F filings for the 12/31/2016 reporting period, and noticed that Altria Group Inc (Symbol: MO) was held by 11 of these funds. When hedge fund managers appear to be thinking alike, we find it is a good idea to take a closer look.

Before we proceed, it is important to point out that 13F filings do not tell the whole story, because these funds are only required to disclose their long positions with the SEC, but are not required to disclose their short positions. A fund making a bearish bet against a stock by shorting calls, for example, might also be long some amount of stock as they trade around their overall bearish position. This long component could show up in a 13F filing and everyone might assume the fund is bullish, but this tells only part of the story because the bearish/short side of the position is not seen .

Having given that caveat, we believe that looking at groups of 13F filings can be revealing, especially when comparing one holding period to another. Below, let's take a look at the change in MO positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:

Fund New Position? Change In Share Count Change In Market Value($ in 1000's)
Narwhal Capital Management Existing -4,200 -$71
HM Capital Management LLC Existing +33 +$17
Gilman Hill Asset Management LLC Existing UNCH +$35
Mechanics Bank Trust Department Existing -5,535 +$312
REDW Stanley Financial Advisors LLC NEW +5,365 +$363
P.A.W. Capital Corp Existing UNCH +$44
Excalibur Management Corp Existing -25 +$63
Delta Capital Management LLC Existing -630 +$166
New Century Investment Management Inc. Existing -845 +$30
VNBTrust National Association Existing -330 +$10
Bollard Group LLC Existing +1,919 +$764
Aggregate Change: -4,248 +$1,733

In terms of shares owned, we count 2 of the above funds having increased existing MO positions from 09/30/2016 to 12/31/2016, with 6 having decreased their positions and 1 new position.

Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the MO share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held MO at the 12/31/2016 reporting period (out of the 592 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of MO shares those same funds held back at the 09/30/2016 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for MO. We found that between these two periods, funds increased their holdings by 497,837 shares in the aggregate, from 32,787,489 up to 33,285,326 for a share count increase of approximately 1.52%. The overall top three funds holding MO on 12/31/2016 were:

Fund Shares of MO Held
1. Vontobel Asset Management Inc. 5,750,667
2. Acadian Asset Management LLC 2,961,584
3. Russell Investments Group Ltd. 2,089,377
4-10 Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding MO

We'll keep following the latest 13F filings by hedge fund managers and bring you interesting stories derived from a look at the aggregate information across groups of managers between filing periods. While looking at individual 13F filings can sometimes be misleading due to the long-only nature of the information, the sum total across groups of funds from one reporting period to another can be a lot more revealing and relevant, providing interesting stock ideas that merit further research, like Altria Group Inc (Symbol: MO).

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