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How Capital One Financial Corp. (COF) Stacks Up Against Its Peers

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 742 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) based on that data.

So, is Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF) a buy here? Investors who are in the know seem to be becoming less confident, since the number of long hedge fund bets declined by six during the third quarter. In this way, a total of 40 funds from our database held shares of Capital One Financial Corp at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare COF to other stocks including Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK), Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), and Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to go over the latest action surrounding Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF).

Hedge fund activity in Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF)

A total of 40 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Capital One Financial Corp. at the end of September, down by 13% over the quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital has the largest position in Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE:COF), worth close to $358.8 million, comprising 2.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Pzena Investment Management, led by Richard S. Pzena, holding a $229.2 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Thomas E. Claugus’ GMT Capital, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, the biggest hedge fund in the world, and Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management.

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