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Is CIRCOR International, Inc. (CIR) Going to Frustrate Investors?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE:CIR) was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CIR shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with CIR positions at the end of June. At the end of this article we will also compare CIR to other stocks including Forward Pharma A/S (NASDAQ:FWP), US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ:ECOL), and Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWAY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE:CIR)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 57% jump from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 6 hedge funds with a bullish position in CIR at the beginning of this year, which has nearly doubled in 2016. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the most valuable position in CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE:CIR), worth close to $91.9 million. On GAMCO Investors’ heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with an $81.8 million position. Some other professional money managers with similar optimism include John D. Gillespie’s Prospector Partners, Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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