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Should You Buy China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (CHU)?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU).

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. CHU was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with CHU holdings at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH), CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), and HCA Holdings Inc (NYSE:HCA) to gather more data points.

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Hedge fund activity in China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU)

At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 71% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 6 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CHU heading into this year. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the biggest position in China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU), worth close to $18.6 million. On Renaissance Technologies’ heels is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $10.1 million position. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism encompass Leon Shaulov’s Maplelane Capital and Sheetal Duggal’s Thrax Management. We should note that Maplelane Capital is 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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