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Do Hedge Funds Love Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (CIE)?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE) .

Is Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE) an excellent investment now? Hedge funds are categorically getting more optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings inched up by 1 in recent months. CIE was in 18 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 17 hedge funds in our database with CIE holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CIE to other stocks including CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), Stoneridge, Inc. (NYSE:SRI), and Actua Corp (NASDAQ:ACTA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE)

At Q3’s end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 6% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 23 hedge funds with a bullish position in CIE at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co has the largest position in Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CIE), worth close to $83.3 million. The second most bullish fund manager is York Capital Management, led by James Dinan, which holds a $54.1 million position; 1.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, and Kenneth Tropin’s Graham Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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