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Is Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (CBSH) A Good Stock To Buy?

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After several tireless days we have finished crunching the numbers from the more than 700 13F filings issued by the successful hedge funds and other investment firms that we track at Insider Monkey, which disclosed those firms’ equity portfolios as of September 30. The results of that effort will be put on display in this article, as we share valuable insight into the smart money sentiment towards Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH).

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CBSH investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with CBSH holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CBSH to other stocks including Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TARO), and Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH).

What does the smart money think about Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 8 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 33% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CBSH over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, holds the most valuable position in Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH). AQR Capital Management has a $27.2 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On AQR Capital Management’s heels is Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management, with a $17.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism consist of Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, George Hall’s Clinton Group and Solomon Kumin’s Folger Hill Asset 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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