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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (CTB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE:CTB).

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE:CTB) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC), Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE:GOV), and Liberty Tripadvisor Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:LTRPA) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE:CTB)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 5% dip from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership has quickly dropped by more than 25% over the past 2 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, holds the largest position in Cooper Tire & Rubber Co (NYSE:CTB). Royce & Associates has a $27.6 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $27.3 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions consist of Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

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