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How Cumulus Media Inc (CMLS) Stacks Up Against Its Peers?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS).

Is Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) an outstanding investment now? Money managers are altogether taking a bearish view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings went down by 3 lately. CMLS was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with CMLS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CMLS to other stocks including Universal Stainless & Alloy Products (NASDAQ:USAP), Life Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:LIFE), and UniPixel Inc (NASDAQ:UNXL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 20% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 16 hedge funds with a bullish position in CMLS at the beginning of this year. So, let’s review which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jonathan Savitz’s Greywolf Capital Management has the largest position in Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS), worth close to $6.6 million, amounting to 1.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On Greywolf Capital Management’s heels is Q Investments (Specter Holdings), led by Geoffrey Raynor, holding a $2.6 million position. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism contain James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management, and Curtis Schenker and Craig Effron’s Scoggin. We should note that Q Investments (Specter Holdings) 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.

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