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HB Fuller Co (FUL): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we analyze HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL) a worthy investment today? It looks like money managers are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund positions slid by eight last quarter. In this way, 15 funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on the company at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare FUL to other stocks including Copa Holdings, S.A. (NYSE:CPA), U.S. Silica Holdings Inc (NYSE:SLCA), and Cousins Properties Inc (NYSE:CUZ) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, let’s review the fresh action surrounding HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL).

How have hedgies been trading HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down by 35% from the end of the second quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards FUL over the last five quarters. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management has the number one position in HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL), worth close to $45.4 million, accounting for 2.8% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holding a $30.3 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism comprise Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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