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Is Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) a Good Stock To Buy?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those elite funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we will analyze Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) from the perspective of those elite funds.

Is Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) a good stock to buy now? Money managers seem to be in a slightly pessimistic mood, as the number of investors with long positions retreated by two during the third quarter. In this way, 42 funds from our database held shares of Crown Castle International at the end of September. However, 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 Canadian Natural Resource Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CNQ), Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), and Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) to gather more data points.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI).

Hedge fund activity in Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI)

As stated earlier, a total of 42 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Crown Castle at the end of September, down by 5% from the end of the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Michael Larson’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust has the most valuable position in Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI), worth close to $502.4 million, amounting to 2.7% of its total 13F portfolio. On Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust’s heels is Jacob Doft of Highline Capital Management, with a $184.2 million position; the fund has 6.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.

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