At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.
Is Cosan Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CZZ) a marvelous investment today? The smart money is buying. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 7 lately. At the end of this article we will also compare CZZ to other stocks including Pattern Energy Group Inc (NASDAQ:PEGI), International Bancshares Corp (NASDAQ:IBOC), and Bitauto Hldg Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:BITA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How are hedge funds trading Cosan Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CZZ)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 44% lift from the previous quarter, pushing hedge fund ownership to its highest total in the last year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the largest position in Cosan Ltd (USA) (NYSE:CZZ). Renaissance Technologies has a $33.2 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, which holds a $26.9 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain David Kowitz and Sheldon Kasowitz’s Indus Capital, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital.