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Hedge Funds Are Crazy About International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) has seen an increase in hedge fund sentiment in recent months.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the key action surrounding International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF).

How are hedge funds trading International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)?

At year’s end, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 21% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

Of the funds we track, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group had the biggest position in International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF), worth close to $81 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Citadel Investment Group’s heels is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $65 million position; 2.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers that are bullish include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, specific money managers were breaking ground themselves. Bronson Point Partners, managed by Larry Foley and Paul Farrell, established the most outsized position in International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF). Bronson Point Partners had 22 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Catapult Capital Management also made a $2 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Dwight Anderson’s Ospraie Management, Charles Davidson’s Wexford Capital, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.

How are insiders trading International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by Insider Monkey’s tactics, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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