Looking for high-potential stocks? Just follow the big players within the hedge fund industry. Why should you do so? Let’s take a brief look at what statistics have to say about hedge funds’ stock picking abilities to illustrate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned approximately 7.6% in the 12 months ending November 21, with more than 51% of the stocks in the index failing to beat the benchmark. Therefore, the odds that one will pin down a winner by randomly picking a stock are less than the odds in a fair coin-tossing game. Conversely, best performing hedge funds’ 30 preferred mid-cap stocks generated a return of 18% during the same 12-month period. Coincidence? It might happen to be so, but it is unlikely. Our research covering a 17-year period indicates that hedge funds’ stock picks generate superior risk-adjusted returns. That’s why we believe it is wise to check hedge fund activity before you invest your time or your savings on a stock like Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA).
Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. At the end of this article we will also compare CMA to other stocks including Splunk Inc (NASDAQ:SPLK), Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK), and Open Text Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ:OTEX) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s go over the recent action regarding Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA).
Hedge fund activity in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 41 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -2% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management has the most valuable position in Comerica Incorporated (NYSE:CMA), worth close to $115.9 million, accounting for 0.7% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Millennium Management, led by Israel Englander, holding a $84.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.