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Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 9 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare CSV to other stocks including Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI), Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ:CPLP), and SurModics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRDX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Now, let’s review the latest action encompassing Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV).
How are hedge funds trading Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CSV over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s review 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, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in Carriage Services, Inc. (NYSE:CSV). Renaissance Technologies has a $15.5 million position in the stock. Coming in second is D E Shaw, with a $1.4 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions encompass John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ira Unschuld’s Brant Point Investment Management and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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.