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What Do Hedge Funds Think of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (CLF)?

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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 government. 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 Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF).

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF) was in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CLF has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with CLF 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 A10 Networks Inc (NYSE:ATEN), Theravance Biopharma Inc (NASDAQ:TBPH), and Kirkland’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIRK) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s go over the fresh action surrounding Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF).

How have hedgies been trading Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -11% from the second quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Donald G. Drapkin and Douglas Taylor’s Casablanca Capital has the most valuable position in Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE:CLF), worth close to $19.3 million, accounting for 100% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $12.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish comprise Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, D E Shaw and David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments.

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