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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Buckeye Technologies Inc. (BKI)

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Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. BKI has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with BKI holdings at the end of the previous quarter.

Chuck Royce

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action surrounding Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI).

How have hedgies been trading Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI)?

In preparation for this year, a total of 7 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -42% from the third quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI), worth close to $24.1 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Dialectic Capital Management, managed by John Fichthorn, which held a $1.8 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Seeing as Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) has experienced falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there were a few fund managers that slashed their entire stakes at the end of the year. It’s worth mentioning that Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management dumped the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we key on, valued at about $1.8 million in stock., and Robert B. Gillam of McKinley Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $1.4 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 5 funds at the end of the year.

What have insiders been doing with Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time frame, Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI) has seen 1 unique insiders buying, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI). These stocks are Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP), P.H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE:GLT), KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM), and Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE:CLW). This group of stocks are the members of the paper & paper products industry and their market caps resemble BKI’s market cap.

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