Is Covanta Holding Corp (CVA) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA).

Is Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA) ready to rally soon? The smart money seems to be taking a bearish view, as the number of long hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings declined by four last quarter. There were nine hedge funds in our database with CVA positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare CVA to other stocks including EXACT Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ:EXAS), Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), and WPP PLC (ADR) (NASDAQ:WPPGY) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to review the new action encompassing Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA).

How have hedgies been trading Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of nine funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 31% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 13 hedge funds with a bullish position in CVA at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, holds the most valuable position in Covanta Holding Corp (NYSE:CVA). Levin Capital Strategies has a $97.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $50.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism include Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Bernard Lambilliotte’s Ecofin Ltd. 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-microcap stocks.

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