Here is What Hedge Funds Think About CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG)

Is CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) a bargain? The best stock pickers are getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 4 lately.

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Now, let’s take a peek at the recent action regarding CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG).

What does the smart money think about CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 20 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital had the biggest position in CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG), worth close to $637 million, accounting for 8.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, which held a $369 million position; 3.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Richard Blum’s Blum Capital Partners, Christopher Medlock James’s Partner Fund Management and John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments.

Due to the fact that CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) has experienced a declination in interest from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few money managers who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. At the top of the heap, Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management dropped the largest position of the 450+ funds we watch, comprising about $23 million in stock.. Donald Chiboucis’s fund, Columbus Circle Investors, also dropped its stock, about $20 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds last quarter.

What have insiders been doing with CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns shown by the aforementioned research, everyday investors must always keep an eye on hedge fund and insider trading activity, and CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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