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Columbus McKinnon Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCO) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CMCO shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with CMCO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CMCO to other stocks, including TubeMogul Inc (NASDAQ:TUBE), Ascent Capital Group Inc (NASDAQ:ASCMA), and Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:PKOH) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, we’re going to go over the new action regarding Columbus McKinnon Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCO).
What does the smart money think about Columbus McKinnon Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCO)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 40% from the second quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the largest position in Columbus McKinnon Corp. (NASDAQ:CMCO). Pzena Investment Management has an $20.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding an $13.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of Julian Allen’s Spitfire Capital, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management and Mark Lee’s Forest Hill Capital.