CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. CTS shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. There were 6 hedge funds in our database with CTS holdings at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS).
How are hedge funds trading CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.
When looking at the hedgies we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS). GAMCO Investors has a $33.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $4.6 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
As one would reasonably expect, some big names were leading the bulls’ herd. D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, assembled the biggest position in CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS). D E Shaw had 0.2 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter.
What have insiders been doing with CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS)?
Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last half-year time frame, CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 2 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS). These stocks are Methode Electronics Inc. (NYSE:MEI), KEMET Corporation (NYSE:KEM), Orbotech Ltd. (NASDAQ:ORBK), UniPixel Inc (NASDAQ:UNXL), and Silicon Motion Technology Corp. (ADR) (NASDAQ:SIMO). This group of stocks are in the diversified electronics industry and their market caps resemble CTS’s market cap.