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California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 11 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ:ISCA), Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC), and Depomed Inc (NASDAQ:DEPO) to gather more data points.
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Now, let’s take a look at the new action regarding California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT).
What does the smart money think about California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 9 hedge funds with a bullish position in CWT at the beginning of this year. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management has the biggest position in California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT), worth close to $56.9 million, comprising 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $16 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that Impax Asset Management 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.