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Is Columbia Sportswear Company (COLM) A Good Stock To Buy?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and famous investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds and investors’ positions as of the end of the third quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) based on that data.

Is Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) a good stock to buy? The stock gave back most of this year’s huge gains in recent months. We’d like to see how hedge funds traded the stock as it started to slide since the end of July. Our calculations show that COLM has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money during the third quarter. This is a good sign. At the end of this article we will also compare COLM to other stocks including Diamondback Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FANG), Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC), and Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the fresh action encompassing Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM).

How have hedgies been trading Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 27% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the biggest position in Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM), worth close to $83.4 million, amounting to 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Clifford Fox of Columbus Circle Investors, with a $18.3 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism consist of D E Shaw, Ed Beddow and William Tichy’s Beddow Capital Management and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.

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