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Hedge Funds Losing Interest In Alexander & Baldwin Inc (ALEX)

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With the third-quarter 13F filings behind us it is time to take a look at the stocks in which some of the best money managers in the world preferred to invest or sell heading into the fourth quarter. One of these stocks was Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX), and funds were rather definitively selling.

Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) has experienced a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. Alexander & Baldwin Inc was in 12 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with Alexander & Baldwin Inc positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare Alexander & Baldwin Inc to other stocks including Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN), Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE:STNG), and InterOil Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IOC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to review the fresh action regarding Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX).

Hedge fund activity in Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX)

Heading into Q4, a total of 12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 37% fall from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or had already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Emanuel J. Friedman’s EJF Capital has the number one position in Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX), worth close to $90.1 million, accounting for 4.4% of its total 13F portfolio. On EJF Capital’s heels is AEW Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Furber, which holds a $41.8 million position; the fund has 1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Renaissance Technologies, and J. Alan Reid, Jr.’s Forward Management.

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