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Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao-ADR (NYSE:CBD) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CBD investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 7 hedge funds in our database with CBD positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CBD to other stocks including Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC), Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI), and Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (NASDAQ:ACHC) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s review the new action encompassing Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao-ADR (NYSE:CBD).
How are hedge funds trading Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao-ADR (NYSE:CBD)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a decline of 14% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 3 hedge funds with a bullish position in CBD at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management has the most valuable position in Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao-ADR (NYSE:CBD), worth close to $21.1 million. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is David Kowitz and Sheldon Kasowitz of Indus Capital which holds a $12 million position; 1.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions encompass John Horseman’s Horseman Capital Management, Andy Redleaf’s Whitebox Advisors and Millennium Management which is one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that two of these hedge funds (Indus Capital and Whitebox Advisors) are 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.