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Is Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR) A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 742 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article, we look at what those funds think of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR) based on that data.

Is Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR) the right pick for your portfolio? Prominent investors are really in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions experienced a decline of 1 recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with CFR positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare CFR to other stocks including Orbital ATK Inc (NYSE:OA), Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK), and Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CNK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to analyze the recent action surrounding Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR).

How are hedge funds trading Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -7% from the second quarter of 2016. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in CFR over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Fisher Asset Management, led by Ken Fisher, holds the largest position in Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR). Fisher Asset Management has a $17.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. On Fisher Asset Management’s heels is Dmitry Balyasny of Balyasny Asset Management, with a $16.7 million position. Some other professional money managers that are bullish comprise Carson Yost’s Yost Capital Management, Martin Whitman’s Third Avenue Management and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. We should note that Yost Capital 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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