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Is Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (CTO) a Good Stock to Invest in?

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You probably know from experience that there is not as much information on small-cap companies as there is on large companies. Of course, this makes it really hard and difficult for individual investors to make proper and accurate analysis of certain small-cap companies. However, well-known and successful hedge fund investors like Carl Icahn and George Soros hold the necessary resources and abilities to conduct an extensive stock analysis on small-cap stocks, which enable them to make millions of dollars by identifying potential winners within the small-cap galaxy of stocks. This represents the main reason why Insider Monkey takes notice of the hedge fund activity in these overlooked stocks.

In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the hedge fund sentiment towards Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEMKT:CTO). The smart money seems to be in a bearish mood, as the number of investors from our database long CTO inched up by one during the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare CTO to other stocks including Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCCI), Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CRBP), and Mazor Robotics Ltd – ADR (NASDAQ:MZOR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s view the fresh action regarding Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEMKT:CTO).

Hedge fund activity in Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEMKT:CTO)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, eight funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long CTO, down by 11% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CTO over the last five quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Winters’ Wintergreen Advisers holds the number one position in Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. (NYSEMKT:CTO). Wintergreen Advisers has a $79 million position in the stock, comprising 30.8% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by J. Alan Reid , Jr.’s Forward Management, which disclosed a $21.6 million position; 1.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism comprise Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital, Seth Fischer’s Oasis Managementá, and Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital. We should note that Forward 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.

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