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Is CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is taking an optimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions rose by 6 in recent months. CBG was in 34 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 28 hedge funds in our database with CBG positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD), Shaw Communications Inc (USA) (NYSE:SJR), and Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LNG) to gather more data points.
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Now, we’re going to analyze the latest action regarding CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG).
How have hedgies been trading CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a surge of 21% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital has the biggest position in CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG), worth close to $968.7 million and corresponding to 8.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Cantillon Capital Management, led by William von Mueffling, which holds a $237.6 million position; the fund has 3.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers with similar optimism include Ricky Sandler’s Eminence Capital, Scott McLellan’s Marble Arch Investments and John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments.