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Is Capstead Mortgage Corporation (CMO) A Good Stock To Buy?

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We have been waiting for this for a year and finally the third quarter ended up showing a nice bump in the performance of small-cap stocks. Both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 were up since the end of the second quarter, but small-cap stocks outperformed the large-cap stocks by double digits. This is important for hedge funds, which are big supporters of small-cap stocks, because their investors started pulling some of their capital out due to poor recent performance. It is very likely that equity hedge funds will deliver better risk adjusted returns in the second half of this year. In this article we are going to look at how this recent market trend affected the sentiment of hedge funds towards Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO) , and what that likely means for the prospects of the company and its stock.

Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO) has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with CMO positions at the end of the previous quarter, compared to 9 at the end of Q3. 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 Nordic American Tanker Ltd (NYSE:NAT), Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TYPE), and Associated Capital Group Inc (NYSE:AC) to gather more data points.

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house-906644_1280Keeping this in mind, we’re going to go over the fresh action encompassing Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO).

How are hedge funds trading Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -18% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CMO over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the most valuable position in Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO), worth close to $30.3 million. The second most bullish fund manager is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital holding a $2.6 million position. Some other peers that are bullish contain Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, Clinton Group and Robert B. Gillam’s McKinley Capital Management. 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.

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