Hedge Funds Are Betting On CYS Investments Inc (CYS)

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CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS).

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

At year’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 27% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

Of the funds we track, Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, holds the most valuable position in CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS). Pine River Capital Management has a $97.2 million position in the stock, comprising 1.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Balestra, managed by James Melcher, which held a $54.9 million position; the fund has 18.8% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers have jumped into CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) headfirst. Brookside Capital, managed by Bain Capital, established the most valuable position in CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS). Brookside Capital had 47.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Malcolm Fairbairn’s Ascend Capital also initiated a $5.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CYS positions are John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

How are insiders trading CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, CYS Investments Inc (NYSE:CYS) has experienced 2 unique insiders buying, and 1 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity 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 are similar to CYS’s market cap.

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