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Is Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (CTB) A Good Stock To Buy?

Nina Todic

Is Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Is Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB) a buy, sell, or hold? The smart money is getting more bullish. The number of long hedge fund bets moved up by 3 recently. Our calculations also showed that CTB isn't among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q3 rankings and see the video below for Q2 rankings). CTB was in 18 hedge funds' portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2019. There were 15 hedge funds in our database with CTB positions at the end of the previous quarter. Video: Click the image to watch our video about the top 5 most popular hedge fund stocks.

5 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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[caption id="attachment_365194" align="aligncenter" width="450"] David E. Shaw of D.E. Shaw[/caption]

David E. Shaw of D.E. Shaw

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How have hedgies been trading Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB)?

At Q3's end, a total of 18 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of 20% from the second quarter of 2019. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards CTB over the last 17 quarters. With hedge funds' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

More specifically, Royce & Associates was the largest shareholder of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB), with a stake worth $34.4 million reported as of the end of September. Trailing Royce & Associates was Citadel Investment Group, which amassed a stake valued at $25.7 million. Arrowstreet Capital, Millennium Management, and D E Shaw were also very fond of the stock, becoming one of the largest hedge fund holders of the company. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Rutabaga Capital Management allocated the biggest weight to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB), around 2.81% of its 13F portfolio. Atlantic Investment Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, dishing out 0.32 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to CTB.

As one would reasonably expect, key hedge funds have been driving this bullishness. Point72 Asset Management, managed by Steve Cohen, initiated the most valuable position in Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB). Point72 Asset Management had $6.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Martin Whitman's Third Avenue Management also made a $2.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new CTB investors: David Harding's Winton Capital Management, Alexander Roepers's Atlantic Investment Management, and Minhua Zhang's Weld Capital Management.

Let's now take a look at hedge fund activity in other stocks similar to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB). We will take a look at Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:AIMT), Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT), and Helios Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIO). This group of stocks' market caps match CTB's market cap.

[table] Ticker, No of HFs with positions, Total Value of HF Positions (x1000), Change in HF Position GDOT,20,192467,2 AIMT,20,192504,7 CNDT,30,418046,3 HLIO,3,75356,-1 Average,18.25,219593,2.75 [/table]

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 18.25 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $220 million. That figure was $135 million in CTB's case. Conduent Incorporated (NYSE:CNDT) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Helios Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIO) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE:CTB) is not the least popular stock in this group but hedge fund interest is still below average. Our calculations showed that top 20 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 37.4% in 2019 through the end of November and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 9.9 percentage points. A small number of hedge funds were also right about betting on CTB as the stock returned 10.7% during the first two months of Q4 and outperformed the market by an even larger margin.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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