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Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) was in 19 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. CNK has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with CNK positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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With these “truths” under our belt, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK).

How are hedge funds trading Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)?

At year’s end, a total of 19 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 19% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Osterweis Capital Management, managed by John Osterweis, holds the biggest position in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK). Osterweis Capital Management has a $88 million position in the stock, comprising 3.9% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $64 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners, William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC and Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital.

Consequently, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Ascend Capital, managed by Malcolm Fairbairn, established the largest position in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK). Ascend Capital had 13 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital also initiated a $2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, Mike Vranos’s Ellington, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

What have insiders been doing with Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned strategies, retail investors should always monitor hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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