Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (DRC)?

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Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC) investors should be aware of an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC)

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the latest action regarding Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC).

What does the smart money think about Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC)?

At Q1′s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 60% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the biggest position in Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC). Iridian Asset Management has a $223 million position in the stock, comprising 3.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is First Eagle Investment Management, managed by Jean-Marie Eveillard, which held a $50.6 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, some big names have been driving this bullishness. Pine River Capital Management, managed by Brian Taylor, established the biggest position in Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC). Pine River Capital Management had 11.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $11.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time frame, Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC). These stocks are Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN), Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL), Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY), Colfax Corp (NYSE:CFX), and IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX). This group of stocks are in the diversified machinery industry and their market caps match DRC’s market cap.

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