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How Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (CNQ) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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Is Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ) a good bet right now? We like to analyze hedge fund sentiment before doing days of in-depth research. We do so because hedge funds and other elite investors have numerous Ivy league graduates, expert network advisers, and supply chain tipsters working or consulting for them. There is not a shortage of news stories covering failed hedge fund investments (for some reason media paid a ton of attention to Ackman’s gigantic JC Penney and Valeant failures) and it is a fact that hedge funds’ picks don’t beat the market 100% of the time, but their consensus picks have historically done very well and have outperformed the market after adjusting for risk.

Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ) shares haven’t seen a lot of action during the fourth quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. 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 Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL), and Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE:EMR) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the key action surrounding Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ).

How have hedgies been trading Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Robert Pohly’s Samlyn Capital has the most valuable position in Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ), worth close to $72.6 million, amounting to 1.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Polar Capital, managed by Brian Ashford-Russell and Tim Woolley, which holds a $52.7 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Daniel Bubis’s Tetrem Capital Management, Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management and John Burbank’s Passport Capital.

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