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Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 26 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare CBPX to other stocks including Hanmi Financial Corp (NASDAQ:HAFC), Gamco Investors Inc. (NYSE:GBL), and Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE:CAPL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Hedge fund activity in Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX)
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 26 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from the previous quarter. By comparison, 22 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CBPX heading into this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, D E Shaw, one of the biggest hedge funds in the world has the largest position in Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX), worth close to $21.1 million. The second largest stake is held by Lodge Hill Capital, led by Clint Murray, which holds a $12.5 million position; 1.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Tim David’s Guardian Point Capital and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that Lodge Hill 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.