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City Holding Company (NASDAQ:CHCO) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. CHCO has experienced an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with CHCO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CHCO to other stocks including Gray Television, Inc. (NYSE:GTN), Nimble Storage Inc (NYSE:NMBL), and Altra Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:AIMC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to check out the fresh action regarding City Holding Company (NASDAQ:CHCO).
How are hedge funds trading City Holding Company (NASDAQ:CHCO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 22% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CHCO over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s elite fund database, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the number one position in City Holding Company (NASDAQ:CHCO). Royce & Associates has a $30.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, led by Jim Simons, holding a $4.8 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.