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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (CM)

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM)Is Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM) ready to raly soon? Investors who are in the know are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets rose by 2 recently.

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Consequently, let’s take a look at the latest action surrounding Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM).

What does the smart money think about Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 29% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital had the largest position in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM), worth close to $46.1 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $31.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names were breaking ground themselves. SAC Capital Advisors, managed by Steven Cohen, initiated the most outsized position in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM). SAC Capital Advisors had 3.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $2.5 million position during the quarter. The only other fund with a brand new CM position is John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

How have insiders been trading Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (USA) (NYSE:CM). These stocks are The Bank of Nova Scotia (USA) (NYSE:BNS), SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE:STI), Bank of Montreal (USA) (NYSE:BMO), and PNC Financial Services (NYSE:PNC). This group of stocks are in the money center banks industry and their market caps are similar to CM’s market cap.

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