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Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (CIB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB) was in 5 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. CIB shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with CIB holdings at the end of the previous quarter.


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Consequently, it’s important to take a look at the key action surrounding Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB).

How are hedge funds trading Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 5 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -29% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw had the most valuable position in Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB), worth close to $12.5 million, comprising less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On D E Shaw’s heels is Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $0.8 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Bruce Kovner’s Caxton Associates LP, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Seeing as Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB) has witnessed bearish sentiment from hedge fund managers, we can see that there were a few funds that slashed their positions entirely heading into 2013. Intriguingly, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies dropped the biggest stake of all the hedgies we watch, totaling close to $4.9 million in stock.. Noam Gottesman’s fund, GLG Partners, also dropped its stock, about $2.1 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 2 funds heading into 2013.

How are insiders trading Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB)?

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Bancolombia S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:CIB). These stocks are ICICI Bank Limited (ADR) (NYSE:IBN), Woori Finance Holdings Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:WF), Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:SHG), Banco de Chile (ADR) (NYSE:BCH), and KB Financial Group, Inc. (ADR) (NYSE:KB). This group of stocks are the members of the foreign regional banks industry and their market caps are similar to CIB’s market cap.

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