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Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love CBOE Holdings, Inc (CBOE)?

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CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE) was in 15 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. CBOE shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with CBOE positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE).

Hedge fund activity in CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE)

At Q1’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 15% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE)According to our comprehensive database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the biggest position in CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE). Renaissance Technologies has a $81.2 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $13.4 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedgies that hold long positions include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. Balyasny Asset Management, managed by Dmitry Balyasny, created the most outsized position in CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE). Balyasny Asset Management had 2.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw also initiated a $2.6 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CBOE investors: Morris Mark’s Mark Asset Management, Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE)?

Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CBOE Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ:CBOE). These stocks are Apollo Investment Corp. (NASDAQ:AINV), NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ), Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC), A.F.P Provida SA (ADR) (NYSE:PVD), and Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO). All of these stocks are in the diversified investments industry and their market caps match CBOE’s market cap.

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