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CST Brands Inc (NYSE:CST) has seen a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. CST was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with CST positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CST to other stocks including Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC), EPAM Systems Inc (NYSE:EPAM), and CAE, Inc. (USA) (NYSE:CAE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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What does the smart money think about CST Brands Inc (NYSE:CST)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 24 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 23% fall from the previous quarter. That followed two quarters of positive sentiment, with ownership among hedgies still being higher than it was at the end of 2015. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in CST Brands Inc (NYSE:CST). GAMCO Investors has a $128.9 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Magnetar Capital, led by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, holding a $102 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Paul Tudor Jones’ Tudor Investment Corp, and D E Shaw.