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Is AZZ Inc (NYSE:AZZ) going to take off soon? Prominent investors are definitely becoming more confident. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings went up by 1 lately. AZZ was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with AZZ holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as First Majestic Silver Corp (NYSE:AG), Chemical Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHFC), and DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s view the new action encompassing AZZ Inc (NYSE:AZZ).
How have hedgies been trading AZZ Inc (NYSE:AZZ)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, an increase of 11% from one quarter earlier. The graph below displays the number of hedge funds with bullish position in AZZ over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the largest position in AZZ Inc (NYSE:AZZ), worth close to $4.5 million, corresponding to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Paul Hondros of AlphaOne Capital Partners, with a $4.2 million position; 1.4% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other professional money managers with similar optimism encompass Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors. 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.