Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Weyerhaeuser Company (WY)

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Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) shareholders have witnessed an increase in enthusiasm from smart money lately.

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the recent action encompassing Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY).

What does the smart money think about Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 33 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management had the largest position in Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY), worth close to $462.8 million, comprising 1.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Third Avenue Management, managed by Martin Whitman, which held a $194.1 million position; 3.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Robert Bishop’s Impala Asset Management, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital and Jeffrey Vinik’s Vinik Asset Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key money managers have been driving this bullishness. Carlson Capital, managed by Clint Carlson, initiated the most outsized position in Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY). Carlson Capital had 15.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies also made a $7.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Larry Foley and Paul Farrell’s Bronson Point Partners, Joe DiMenna’s ZWEIG DIMENNA PARTNERS, and Philip Hempleman’s Ardsley Partners.

What have insiders been doing with Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY)?

Bullish insider trading is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY). These stocks are Jewett-Cameron Trading Co Ltd. (NASDAQ:JCTCF), Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK), Pope Resources L.P. (NASDAQ:POPE), Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE:DEL), and Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN). This group of stocks are in the lumber, wood production industry and their market caps match WY’s market cap.

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