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BrightSphere Investment Group plc (BSIG) Hedge Funds Are Snapping Up

Reymerlyn Martin

As we already know from media reports and hedge fund investor letters, many hedge funds lost money in October, blaming macroeconomic conditions and unpredictable events that hit several sectors, with healthcare among them. Nevertheless, most investors decided to stick to their bullish theses and their long-term focus allows us to profit from the recent declines. In particular, let’s take a look at what hedge funds think about BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG) in this article.

BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG) investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest lately. BSIG was in 22 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of September. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with BSIG positions at the end of the previous quarter. Our calculations also showed that BSIG isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let's review the latest hedge fund action encompassing BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG).

What does the smart money think about BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG)?

At Q3's end, a total of 22 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 22% from the second quarter of 2018. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards BSIG over the last 13 quarters. So, let's check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Steve Cohen's Point72 Asset Management has the number one position in BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG), worth close to $25.9 million, amounting to 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which holds a $20.6 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Nathaniel August's Mangrove Partners, John Brennan's Sirios Capital Management and Israel Englander's Millennium Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, created the largest position in BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG). Paulson & Co had $7.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Malcolm Fairbairn's Ascend Capital also initiated a $1.5 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BSIG positions are David Costen Haley's HBK Investments and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle's Springbok Capital.

Let's also examine hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG). We will take a look at Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST), Engility Holdings Inc (NYSE:EGL), Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL), and MGP Ingredients Inc (NASDAQ:MGPI). This group of stocks' market valuations resemble BSIG's market valuation.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position CWST,16,177698,1 EGL,17,61929,6 HL,11,17805,-1 MGPI,11,46941,3 Average,13.75,76093,2.25 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 13.75 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $76 million. That figure was $141 million in BSIG's case. Engility Holdings Inc (NYSE:EGL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) is the least popular one with only 11 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks BrightSphere Investment Group plc (NYSE:BSIG) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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