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Do Hedge Funds Love RPM International Inc. (RPM)?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds in recent months. RPM was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with RPM holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare RPM to other stocks including The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD), DDR Corp (NYSE:DDR), and EnCana Corporation (USA) (NYSE:ECA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the fresh action encompassing RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM).

Hedge fund activity in RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM)

At Q3’s end, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 19% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in RPM International Inc. (NYSE:RPM), worth close to $31.2 million and comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, which holds a $29.2 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish consist of Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Nick Niell’s Arrowgrass Capital Partners.

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