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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Knoll Inc (KNL) Anymore

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How do we determine whether Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) makes for a good investment at the moment? We analyze the sentiment of a select group of the very best investors in the world, who spend immense amounts of time and resources studying companies. They may not always be right (no one is), but data shows that their consensus long positions have historically outperformed the market when we adjust for known risk factors.

Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) investors should be aware of a decrease in hedge fund sentiment recently. KNL was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with KNL 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 Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MMSI), Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UVE), and Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IILG) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a look at the key action regarding Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL).

How are hedge funds trading Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 17% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Clifford Fox, holds the biggest position in Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL). The fund has a $7.8 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is D E Shaw, managed by D. E. Shaw, which holds a $3.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions comprise Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

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