Hedge Funds Are Buying CIGNA Corporation (CI)

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CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) was in 42 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. CI investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 41 hedge funds in our database with CI positions at the end of the previous quarter.

CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI)

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With these “truths” under our belt, it’s important to take a glance at the key action regarding CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI).

How are hedge funds trading CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI)?

At Q1′s end, a total of 42 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 2% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Greenlight Capital, managed by David Einhorn, holds the biggest position in CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI). Greenlight Capital has a $510.6 million position in the stock, comprising 7.8% of its 13F portfolio. On Greenlight Capital’s heels is Glenview Capital, managed by Larry Robbins, which held a $241.5 million position; 2.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Jeffrey Tannenbaum’s Fir Tree, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management and Steven Richman’s East Side Capital (RR Partners).

Now, key money managers have jumped into CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) headfirst. Clough Capital Partners, managed by Charles Clough, established the most outsized position in CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI). Clough Capital Partners had 15.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Harding’s Winton Capital Management also made a $4.9 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new CI positions are Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

Insider trading activity in CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI)

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI). These stocks are Coventry Health Care, Inc. (NYSE:CVH), Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX), Humana Inc (NYSE:HUM), WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP), and Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET). This group of stocks belong to the health care plans industry and their market caps resemble CI’s market cap.

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