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CF Corp (NASDAQ:CFCO) was in 23 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. CFCO has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with CFCO positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CFCO to other stocks including Retrophin Inc (NASDAQ:RTRX), Pacific Biosciences of California (NASDAQ:PACB), and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:MACK) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading CF Corp (NASDAQ:CFCO)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up by 10% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CFCO over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Andrew Feldstein and Stephen Siderow’s Blue Mountain Capital has the biggest position in CF Corp (NASDAQ:CFCO), worth close to $71.4 million, comprising 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Angelo Gordon & Co, led by John M. Angelo and Michael L. Gordon, holding a $56.8 million position; 4.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Sander Gerber’s Hudson Bay Capital Management, Joshua Friedman and Mitchell Julis’ Canyon Capital Advisors. We should note that Hudson Bay 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.