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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF): Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Bullish, What Should You Do?

Is Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) undervalued? Investors who are in the know are becoming hopeful. The number of bullish hedge fund positions went up by 1 in recent months.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the key action surrounding Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF).

Hedge fund activity in Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF)

In preparation for this year, a total of 23 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 5% from the third quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.

According to our comprehensive database, SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, holds the most valuable position in Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF). SAC Capital Advisors has a $116 million billion position in the stock, comprising 0.6% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is D. E. Shaw of D E Shaw, with a $48 million call position; 0.9% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, and Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management.

Consequently, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, initiated the most outsized position in Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF). Alyeska Investment Group had 19 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management also initiated a $5 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CLF investors: Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management, Michael Novogratz’s Fortress Investment Group, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

What have insiders been doing with Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results shown by the aforementioned time-tested strategies, everyday investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) is an important part of this process.

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