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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to examine the newest info surrounding Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT).
What have hedge funds been doing with Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 18 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 38% from the first quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, 12 West Capital Management, managed by Joel Ramin, holds the most valuable position in Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). 12 West Capital Management has a $41.3 million position in the stock, comprising 6.6% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is P2 Capital Partners, managed by Claus Moller, which held a $41 million position; the fund has 6.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Natixis Global Asset Management’s Harris Associates, Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company and John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments.
Consequently, certain money managers were breaking ground themselves. 12 West Capital Management, managed by Joel Ramin, created the biggest position in Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). 12 West Capital Management had 41.3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Claus Moller’s P2 Capital Partners also initiated a $41 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new BLT investors: Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments, and Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group.
How are insiders trading Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT)?
Insider buying is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). These stocks are Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ:HDNG), NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR), Proto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB), RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL), and Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN). All of these stocks are in the machine tools & accessories industry and their market caps are closest to BLT’s market cap.