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Hedge Funds Are Buying CalAtlantic Group Inc (CAA)

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE:CAA) from the perspective of those successful funds.

CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE:CAA) has experienced an increase in hedge fund interest recently. CAA was in 36 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 33 hedge funds in our database with CAA positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM), Healthcare Realty Trust Inc (NYSE:HR), and IDACORP Inc (NYSE:IDA) to gather more data points.

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What does the smart money think about CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE:CAA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 36 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a gain of 9% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 29 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CAA heading into this year. So, let’s check out 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, Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital has the biggest position in CalAtlantic Group Inc (NYSE:CAA), worth close to $190.5 million, comprising 3.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holding a $77.8 million position. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Edgar Wachenheim’s Greenhaven Associates, Thomas E. Claugus’ GMT Capital and Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management. We should note that Impala Asset Management is 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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