Hedge Funds Are Crazy About CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX)

CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX)Is CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) a buy, sell, or hold? The best stock pickers are in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 2 lately.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the key action encompassing CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX).

What have hedge funds been doing with CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 34 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 6% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the biggest position in CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX), worth close to $73 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Levin Capital Strategies, managed by John A. Levin, which held a $43 million position; the fund has 0.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies that are bullish include Daniel Arbess’s Perella Weinberg Partners, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Now, key money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, initiated the biggest position in CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX). Renaissance Technologies had 73 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies also initiated a $43 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CSX investors: Perella Weinberg Partners, John Fichthorn’s Dialectic Capital Management, and Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners.

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

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by our tactics, retail investors should always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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