Top Investors Are Growing More Excited About Celanese Corporation (CE)

We at Insider Monkey have gone through 700 13F filings that the hedge funds and prominent investors that we track were required to file for the September 30 period of report. The 13F filings show the investors’ portfolio positions and in this article we look at what those investors collectively think of Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) based on that data.

Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE) was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. Celanese Corporation shareholders have witnessed an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers lately. There were 25 hedge funds in our database with Celanese Corporation positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare Celanese Corporation to other stocks including Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE:COG), Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS), and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the fresh action surrounding Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE).

Hedge fund activity in Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE)

At Q3’s end, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 20% jump from the second quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or had already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, GMT Capital, managed by Thomas E. Claugus, holds the most valuable position in Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE). GMT Capital has a $320.7 million position in the stock, comprising 8.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second-most bullish fund manager is Marshall Wace LLP, managed by Paul Marshall and Ian Wace, which holds a $36.9 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Christopher A. Winham’s Tide Point Capital, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group.