Before we spend many hours researching a company, we’d like to analyze what hedge funds and billionaire investors think of the stock first. We would like to do so because the elite investors’ consensus returns have been exceptional. The top 30 mid-cap stocks among the best performing hedge funds in our database yielded an average return of 18% during the last 12 months, outperforming the S&P 500 Index funds by double digits. Although the elite funds occasionally have their duds, such as SunEdison and Valeant, the hedge fund picks seem to work on average. In the following paragraphs, we find out what the billionaire investors and hedge funds think of CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI).
Is CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Money managers are becoming less hopeful, as the number of long hedge fund bets fell by four in recent months. At the end of this article we will also compare CI to other stocks including Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (USA) (NYSE:BAM), Monster Beverage Corp (NASDAQ:MNST), and Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the new action encompassing CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI).
How have hedgies been trading CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI)?
At the end of September, 55 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in CIGNA Corporation, down by 7% over the quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital has the largest position in CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), worth close to $780.8 million, corresponding to 5.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is PAR Capital Management, led by Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro, which holds a $393.3 million position; the fund has 5.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish consist of David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital and Arthur B Cohen and Joseph Healey’s Healthcor Management LP.