Hedge Funds Are Buying CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS)

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) was in 45 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. CBS has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment recently. There were 43 hedge funds in our database with CBS holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s take a glance at the recent action encompassing CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS).

How have hedgies been trading CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 5% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Greenlight Capital, managed by David Einhorn, holds the largest position in CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS). Greenlight Capital has a $205 million billion position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Highfields Capital Management, managed by Jonathon Jacobson, which held a $156 million position; 1.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that hold long positions include Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors.

As aggregate interest increased, specific money managers have jumped into CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) headfirst. Highfields Capital Management, managed by Jonathon Jacobson, established the most valuable position in CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS). Highfields Capital Management had 156 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Philippe Laffont’s Coatue Management also initiated a $119 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CBS investors: , Keith Meister’s Corvex Capital, and .

How have insiders been trading CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns demonstrated by Insider Monkey’s studies, everyday investors must always monitor hedge fund and insider trading activity, and CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) is no exception.

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