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Is China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (CHA) A Good Stock to Buy?

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Many investors, including Carl Icahn or Stan Druckenmiller, have been saying for a while now that Trump presidency will be good for publicly traded stocks (at least in the very short term) due to lower taxes and higher GDP growth rates. Both investors profited handsomely from this analysis during the 5 hours immediately following Donald Trump’s election victory. The markets, especially small-cap stocks, kept rallying in the following three weeks. Nevertheless, there are still opportunities in individual stocks and we believe the stocks with strong hedge fund bullish stance are a good place to look for investment ideas. In this article we will find out how hedge fund sentiment to China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHA) changed recently.

China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHA) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. CHA was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 5 hedge funds in our database with CHA holdings at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CHA to other stocks including Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE:SYT), and Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How are hedge funds trading China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHA)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 20% increase from one quarter earlier, hitting a yearly high. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish positions in CHA 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.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital holds the most valuable position in China Telecom Corporation Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHA). Arrowstreet Capital has a $6.6 million position in the stock. On Arrowstreet Capital’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $3.9 million position. Remaining peers that are bullish comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Warren Lammert’s Granite Point Capital, and Jane Mendillo’s Harvard Management Co. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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