Hedge Funds Are Selling Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (CNK)

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Is Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) a first-rate investment now? Investors who are in the know are turning less bullish. The number of long hedge fund positions decreased by 2 recently.

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Now, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action surrounding Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK).

What have hedge funds been doing with Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -8% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (CNK)Of the funds we track, Osterweis Capital Management, managed by John Osterweis, holds the biggest position in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK). Osterweis Capital Management has a $92.7 million position in the stock, comprising 3.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Osterweis Capital Management’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $87.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Mark Broach’s Manatuck Hill Partners, William Harnisch’s Peconic Partners LLC and Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital.

Judging by the fact that Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few funds who were dropping their entire stakes last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Charles Clough’s Clough Capital Partners cut the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising close to $12.5 million in stock., and John Zaro of Bourgeon Capital was right behind this move, as the fund dumped about $2.2 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK)

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK). These stocks are Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ:CKEC), RealD (NYSE:RLD), Dreamworks Animation Skg Inc (NASDAQ:DWA), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC), and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF). This group of stocks are in the movie production, theaters industry and their market caps match CNK’s market cap.

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