Do Hedge Funds and Insiders Love Griffon Corporation (GFF)?

Page 1 of 2

Is Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF) a marvelous investment right now? Hedge funds are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund bets rose by 4 in recent months.

Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF)

To most market participants, hedge funds are seen as worthless, outdated financial vehicles of years past. While there are greater than 8000 funds in operation at present, we choose to focus on the masters of this club, about 450 funds. It is estimated that this group oversees the majority of the hedge fund industry’s total asset base, and by tracking their best stock picks, we have found a number of investment strategies that have historically outpaced Mr. Market. Our small-cap hedge fund strategy outstripped the S&P 500 index by 18 percentage points per year for a decade in our back tests, and since we’ve began to sharing our picks with our subscribers at the end of August 2012, we have outperformed the S&P 500 index by 23.3 percentage points in 8 months (see all of our picks from August).

Equally as integral, bullish insider trading sentiment is another way to parse down the marketplace. Obviously, there are many stimuli for an upper level exec to sell shares of his or her company, but only one, very obvious reason why they would buy. Many empirical studies have demonstrated the impressive potential of this tactic if shareholders understand where to look (learn more here).

With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action regarding Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF).

What does the smart money think about Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 44% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF). GAMCO Investors has a $76.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.5% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, which held a $30.1 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group.

Now, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. ACK Asset Management, managed by Richard S. Meisenberg, assembled the most valuable position in Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF). ACK Asset Management had 4.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also initiated a $0.3 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new GFF investors: Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital, and Paul Tudor Jones’s Tudor Investment Corp.

What have insiders been doing with Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF) has experienced 1 unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF). These stocks are Trex Company, Inc. (NYSE:TREX), Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOG), Headwaters Inc (NYSE:HW), Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), and AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON). This group of stocks belong to the general building materials industry and their market caps are closest to GFF’s market cap.

Page 1 of 2
Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The Best B-Boy Movies

Most Awesome Hip Hop Documentaries

Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Richest Doctors in the World

The Best Movie Sountracks Ever

The Highest Grossing Musicals on Broadway

The Most Successful Reality TV Stars

Cheapest Cities to Visit in the US

Most Expensive Summer Camps

Most Expensive Animals in the World

Most Expensive Specialty Crops in the World

Movies That Took Ages to Make

The Longest Hollywood Films Ever Made

Most Expensive Concert Stages

The Richest Bands of all Time

10 Most Corrupt Countries 2013 List

10 Countries with the Highest Quality of Life Index

Most Expensive Mattresses in the World

5 Smallest Countries by Land Area

The Ultimate Heartbreak Songs

Richest Teenagers in the World

10 Most Haunted Places in America

10 Best Places to Retire in Florida East Coast

Top 10 Places to See Before You Die

Top 8 Countries in the World Where Justice Prevails

10 Richest States in America

15 Wealthiest Countries in the World

Richest Singers in the World

Most Expensive Tasting Menu in New York City

Most Expensive Baby Items in the World

Most Expensive Hotel Suites in Vegas

Most Expensive Brunch in New York City

Most Expensive Beef Cuts in the World

25 Best Colleges to Get a Job

Top 10 US Supermarkets

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities in the World to Visit

Most Expensive Xbox Games

Top 11 Cities Where Billionaires Live

Top 10 Most Charitable Companies in America

Most Expensive Seafood in the World

The 10 Wildest Conspiracy Theories

The 10 Best Job Markets in the US

Top 10 Accounting Scandals of All Time

The 25 Biggest Cities in the World

Top 10 Best Paying Virtual Jobs

Most Expensive Leather Shoes in the World

Top 6 Things to Buy in March

The 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America – 2014 List

Top 10 Jobs for Introverted People

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in the World

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!