Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) was in 8 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. KNL shareholders have witnessed a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with KNL positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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With these “truths” under our belt, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL).
What does the smart money think about Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)?
At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -33% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly.
When looking at the hedgies we track, Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management had the most valuable position in Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL), worth close to $43.4 million, accounting for 2.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $28.3 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.
Since Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) has faced declining sentiment from the smart money, we can see that there were a few fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely in Q4. It’s worth mentioning that Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management dropped the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising an estimated $4 million in stock.. Jim Simons’s fund, Renaissance Technologies, also said goodbye to its stock, about $2.1 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 4 funds in Q4.
What have insiders been doing with Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)?
Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time period, Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL). These stocks are Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:PAY), Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS), Herman Miller, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLHR), and HNI Corp (NYSE:HNI). This group of stocks are in the business equipment industry and their market caps are closest to KNL’s market cap.