Flowers Foods, Inc. (FLO): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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Should Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) investors track the following data?

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Thus, let’s analyze the recent info about Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO).

Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO)

How are hedge funds trading Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 25 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 47% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, John Lykouretzos’s Hoplite Capital Management had the biggest position in Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO), worth close to $85.9 million, comprising 3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Hoplite Capital Management’s heels is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $82.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that are bullish include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

Now, certain bigger names have been driving this bullishness. Hoplite Capital Management, managed by John Lykouretzos, initiated the biggest position in Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO). Hoplite Capital Management had 85.9 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $82.4 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new FLO investors: Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

How are insiders trading Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) 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 Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO). These stocks are Gruma S.A.B. de C.V. (ADR) (NYSE:GMK), The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN), Ingredion Inc (NYSE:INGR), Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RAH), and Hillshire Brands Co (NYSE:HSH). This group of stocks belong to the processed & packaged goods industry and their market caps are similar to FLO’s market cap.

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