At Holdings Channel , we have reviewed the latest batch of the 20 most recent 13F filings for the 12/31/2015 reporting period, and noticed that Procter & Gamble Co. (Symbol: PG) was held by 12 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 PG positions, for this latest batch of 13F filers:
Change In Share Count
Change In Market Value($ in 1000's)
Vestor Capital LLC
Bluestein R H & Co.
Bahl & Gaynor Inc.
Martingale Asset Management L P
Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA
Voya Financial Advisors Inc.
Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC
ARGA Investment Management LP
Archford Capital Strategies LLC
Voya Investment Management LLC
In terms of shares owned, we count 4 of the above funds having increased existing PG positions from 09/30/2015 to 12/31/2015, with 7 having decreased their positions and 1 new position. Worth noting is that Van ECK Associates Corp , included in this recent batch of 13F filers, exited PG common stock as of 12/31/2015.
Looking beyond these particular funds in this one batch of most recent filers, we tallied up the PG share count in the aggregate among all of the funds which held PG at the 12/31/2015 reporting period (out of the 2,379 we looked at in total). We then compared that number to the sum total of PG 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 PG. We found that between these two periods, funds reduced their holdings by 10,516,094 shares in the aggregate, from 767,335,374 down to 756,819,280 for a share count decline of approximately -1.37%. The overall top three funds holding PG on 12/31/2015 were:
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 Procter & Gamble Co. (Symbol: PG).
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