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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About PolyOne Corporation (POL) Anymore

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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. POL investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds recently. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with POL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare POL to other stocks including Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE:BOH), Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE:CIM), and Starz (NASDAQ:STRZA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL).

How are hedge funds trading PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -22% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards POL over the last 5 quarters. So, let’s find out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the most valuable position in PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), worth close to $11.8 million, corresponding to less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Renaissance Technologies, led by Jim Simons, holding a $11.5 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish include Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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