Cincinnati Bell Inc. (CBB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. CBB investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with CBB positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB)

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Now, it’s important to take a look at the latest action surrounding Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors had the biggest position in Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB), worth close to $44.9 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Yale M. Fergang and Robert W. Medway of Royal Capital, with a $22.5 million position; 5.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers with similar optimism include Ryan Schaper’s Point Lobos Capital, David Moradi’s Anthion Management and Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas’s Nokota Management.

Now, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Point Lobos Capital, managed by Ryan Schaper, assembled the most outsized position in Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB). Point Lobos Capital had 11.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. David Moradi’s Anthion Management also made a $8.6 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Matthew Knauer and Mina Faltas’s Nokota Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, and Louis Bacon’s Moore Global Investments.

How are insiders trading Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) has experienced 2 unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns demonstrated by our time-tested strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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