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CYS Investments Inc (CYS): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Is it smart to be bullish on CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS)?

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to study the recent info about CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS).

Hedge fund activity in CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS)

Heading into Q3, a total of 11 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -15% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly.

CYS Investments IncAccording to our 13F database, Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, holds the biggest position in CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS). Pine River Capital Management has a $61.1 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Cardinal Capital, managed by Amy Minella, which held a $45.5 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners and Nathaniel August’s Mangrove Partners.

Since CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the top-tier hedge fund industry, logic holds that there is a sect of hedge funds that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. Interestingly, James Melcher’s Balestra dropped the largest investment of the 450+ funds we watch, totaling close to $26.7 million in stock, and Anand Parekh of Alyeska Investment Group was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $7.6 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS)

Insider buying made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS). These stocks are Hatteras Financial Corp. (NYSE:HTS), Post Properties Inc (NYSE:PPS), ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. (NYSE:ARR), Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI), and Colonial Properties Trust Inc (NYSE:CLP). This group of stocks are in the reit – residential industry and their market caps resemble CYS’s market cap.

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