See Which Of The Latest 13F Filers Holds General Mills

At Holdings Channel , we have reviewed the latest batch of the 33 most recent 13F filings for the 12/31/2015 reporting period, and noticed that General Mills, Inc. (Symbol: GIS) was held by 19 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 GIS positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:

Fund New Position? Change In Share Count Change In Market Value($ in 1000's)
Main Street Research LLC Existing -300 -$25
Jackson Wealth Management LLC Existing -606 -$30
Comerica Bank Existing -284 -$184
Shell Asset Management Co. Existing -189,945 -$5,860
ProShare Advisors LLC Existing +7,494 +$559
Profund Advisors LLC Existing +4,233 +$266
ProVise Management Group LLC Existing -500 +$50
Keating Investment Counselors Inc. Existing -300 +$125
Carret Asset Management LLC Existing UNCH +$11
Engineers Gate Manager LP Existing -43,727 -$2,415
Private Wealth Advisors Inc. Existing -650 -$17
Boys Arnold & Co. Inc. Existing +279 +$44
Barrett Asset Management LLC Existing +30 +$15
Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI Existing +50,777 +$2,956
Mycio Wealth Partners LLC Existing UNCH +$1
Stellar Capital Management LLC Existing -68 +$5
Evermay Wealth Management LLC Existing -1,700 -$86
Bienville Capital Management LLC Existing UNCH +$7
Montgomery Investment Management Inc. Existing -2,250 +$472
Aggregate Change: -177,517 -$4,106

In terms of shares owned, we count 5 of the above funds having increased existing GIS positions from 09/30/2015 to 12/31/2015, with 11 having decreased their positions.

Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the GIS share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held GIS at the 12/31/2015 reporting period (out of the 1,270 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of GIS shares those same funds held back at the 09/30/2015 period, to see how the aggregate share count held by hedge funds has moved for GIS. We found that between these two periods, funds increased their holdings by 561,975 shares in the aggregate, from 44,161,997 up to 44,723,972 for a share count increase of approximately 1.27%. The overall top three funds holding GIS on 12/31/2015 were:

Fund Shares of GIS Held
1. American Century Companies Inc. 4,542,516
2. Nordea Investment Management AB 3,171,977
3. Swiss National Bank 2,724,116
4-10 Find out the full Top 10 Hedge Funds Holding GIS

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 General Mills, Inc. (Symbol: GIS).

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