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Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 13 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. At the end of this article we will also compare CS to other stocks including SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:CHT), and State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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Keeping this in mind, let’s analyze the fresh action regarding Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS).
What does the smart money think about Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CS over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s examine which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Masters Capital Management, led by Mike Masters, holds the largest position in Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS). Masters Capital Management has a $34.4 million call position in the stock, comprising 0.7% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is also Masters Capital Management with a regular stock holding of a $26.3 million position. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management and Himanshu H. Shah’s Shah Capital Management. We should note that Shah Capital Management is 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.