Continental Building Products Inc (CBPX): Hedge Fund Sentiment Unchanged

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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.

Judging by the fact that Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) has witnessed a decline in interest from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there lies a certain “tier” of money managers that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management cut the biggest position of all the investors tracked by Insider Monkey, worth an estimated $8.9 million in stock, and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $5.2 million worth of shares.

Let’s now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX). We will take a look at Hanmi Financial Corp (NASDAQ:HAFC), Gamco Investors Inc. (NYSE:GBL), Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE:CAPL), and Cardinal Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CFNL). All of these stocks’ market caps are closest to CBPX’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
HAFC 8 48653 1
GBL 9 14014 0
CAPL 5 26687 0
CFNL 11 70084 2

As you can see these stocks had an average of 8 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $40 million. That figure was $127 million in CBPX’s case. Cardinal Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CFNL) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE:CAPL) is the least popular one with only 5 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Continental Building Products Inc (NYSE:CBPX) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

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