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Has the Smart Money Found A Winner in Capitol Acquisition Corp III (CLACU)?

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

Capitol Acquisition Corp III (NASDAQ:CLACU) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. CLACU was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with CLACU positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CLACU to other stocks including B. Riley Financial Inc (NASDAQ:RILY), Handy and Harman Ltd (NASDAQ:HNH), and Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ:ITEK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Capitol Acquisition Corp III (NASDAQ:CLACU)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an 8% boost from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CLACU over the last 5 quarters, which has generally trended down since peaking at 15 following the company going public in the final quarter of 2015. 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 Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Blue Mountain Capital, led by Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow, holds the largest position in Capitol Acquisition Corp III (NASDAQ:CLACU). Blue Mountain Capital has a $25.4 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Highbridge Capital Management, led by Glenn Russell Dubin, holding a $14.8 million position. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments, Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital, and Paul Glazer’s Glazer Capital. 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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