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This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Credit Acceptance Corp. (CACC)

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What’s a smart Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC) investor to do?

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What’s more, it’s important to discuss the latest info surrounding Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC).

What have hedge funds been doing with Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 143% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially.

Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC)When using filings from the hedgies we track, William von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management had the most valuable position in Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC), worth close to $48.8 million, accounting for 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $36 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Edward Goodnow’s Goodnow Investment Group, Quincy Lee’s Ancient Art (Teton Capital) and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As one would understandably expect, certain money managers were breaking ground themselves. Cantillon Capital Management, managed by William von Mueffling, assembled the biggest position in Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC). Cantillon Capital Management had 48.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $36 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CACC investors: Edward Goodnow’s Goodnow Investment Group, Quincy Lee’s Ancient Art (Teton Capital), and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

Insider trading activity in Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC)

Insider buying is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Credit Acceptance Corp. (NASDAQ:CACC). These stocks are PHH Corporation (NYSE:PHH), Cash America International, Inc. (NYSE:CSH), Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE:NNI), First Cash Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCFS), and CapitalSource, Inc. (NYSE:CSE). This group of stocks are the members of the credit services industry and their market caps are closest to CACC’s market cap.

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