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Citizens, Inc. (NYSE:CIA) shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most successful money managers in recent months. CIA was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 4 hedge funds in our database with CIA positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CIA to other stocks including FB Financial Corp(NYSE:FBK), Blucora Inc (NASDAQ:BCOR), and Career Education Corp. (NASDAQ:CECO) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Citizens, Inc. (NYSE:CIA).
How are hedge funds trading Citizens, Inc. (NYSE:CIA)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a jump of 50% from one quarter earlier. On the other hand, there were a total of 2 hedge funds with a bullish position in CIA at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see 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, Jonathan Lennon’s Pleasant Lake Partners has the most valuable position in Citizens, Inc. (NYSE:CIA), worth close to $18.7 million in call options, amounting to 27.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital holding a $0.2 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Renaissance Technologies which is one of the largest hedge funds in the worldand Israel Englander’s Millennium Management. 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.