Hedge Funds Are Dumping Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI)

Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) was in 24 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. CCI has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with CCI positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action regarding Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI).

How are hedge funds trading Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI)?

At year’s end, a total of 24 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -8% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, SPO Advisory Corp, managed by John H. Scully, holds the largest position in Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI). SPO Advisory Corp has a $670 million position in the stock, comprising 10.5% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Michael Larson of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, with a $385 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that are bullish include Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital and Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management.

Due to the fact that Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) has faced falling interest from the aggregate hedge fund industry, we can see that there was a specific group of fund managers that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. Intriguingly, Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates sold off the biggest position of all the hedgies we watch, comprising an estimated $47 million in stock.. Ray Dalio’s fund, Bridgewater Associates, also dumped its stock, about $6 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by our strategies, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) is no exception.

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