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Hedge fund interest in Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare CMT to other stocks including DHX Media Ltd (USA) (NASDAQ:DHXM), Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc (NYSEMKT:CVRS), and Kona Grill Inc (NASDAQ:KONA) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. By comparison, 5 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in CMT heading into this year. So, let’s examine 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has the most valuable position in Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CMT), worth close to $5.2 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holding a $4.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Peter Algert and Kevin Coldiron’s Algert Coldiron Investors, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that none of these hedge funds 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.