Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money lately.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the key action regarding Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP).
Hedge fund activity in Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP)
Heading into Q2, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -30% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly.
Of the funds we track, David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management had the largest position in Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP), worth close to $8.8 million, accounting for 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $3 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.
Since Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP) has witnessed falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there lies a certain “tier” of funds who were dropping their positions entirely at the end of the first quarter. At the top of the heap, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management dumped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, totaling about $0.7 million in stock.. Neil Chriss’s fund, Hutchin Hill Capital, also dumped its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds at the end of the first quarter.
How have insiders been trading Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP)?
Insider buying is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last half-year time period, Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP). These stocks are OM Group, Inc. (NYSE:OMG), Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR), Flotek Industries Inc (NYSE:FTK), Innospec Inc. (NASDAQ:IOSP), and WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC). This group of stocks are in the specialty chemicals industry and their market caps match KOP’s market cap.