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CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with CNO holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:PDM), Sibanye Gold Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:SBGL), and Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) to gather more data points.
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How are hedge funds trading CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 125% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 8 hedge funds with a bullish position in CNO at the beginning of this year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Joe Huber’s Huber Capital Management has the biggest position in CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO), worth close to $129.8 million, accounting for 5.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, which holds a $21.3 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish include Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.