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Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. At the end of September, there were 32 funds from our database holding shares, down from 36 funds a quarter earlier. However, 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 Eaton Vance Corp (NYSE:EV), Retail Properties of America Inc (NYSE:RPAI), and Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action regarding Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK).
How have hedgies been trading Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, 32 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a decline of 11% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, David Cohen and Harold Levy’s Iridian Asset Management has the number one position in Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE:GPK), worth close to $362.2 million, accounting for 3.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Hoplite Capital Management, managed by John Lykouretzos, which holds a $145.7 million position; the fund has 6.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish encompass Barry Rosenstein’s JANA Partners, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management.