Our extensive research has shown that imitating the smart money can generate significant returns for retail investors, which is why we track more than 700 prominent money managers and analyze their quarterly 13F filings. The stocks that are heavily bought by hedge funds historically outperformed the market, though there is no shortage of high profile gigantic failures like hedge funds’ recent losses in Valeant. Let’s take a closer look at what the funds we track think about Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) in this article.
Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. There were 46 funds from our database holding shares of the company at the end of September, down from 52 funds a quarter earlier. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Pentair, Ltd. Registered Share (NYSE:PNR), Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) to gather more data points.
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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action surrounding Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG).
What have hedge funds been doing with Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG)?
As stated earlier, 46 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Citizens Financial Group, down by 12% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Point State Capital, managed by Zach Schreiber, holds the number one position in Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG). Point State Capital has a $142.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.5% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, with a $88.8 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management, Michael Blitzer’s Kingstown Capital Management, and Matthew Lindenbaum’s Basswood Capital.