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Huntsman Corporation (HUN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. HUN has experienced a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with HUN positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the key action surrounding Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN).

What does the smart money think about Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN)?

Heading into Q2, a total of 29 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -6% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Earnings Analysis: Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN)According to our comprehensive database, Passport Capital, managed by John Burbank, holds the largest position in Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN). Passport Capital has a $158.6 million position in the stock, comprising 6.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin of Senator Investment Group, with a $148.7 million position; 1.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP, Rob Citrone’s Discovery Capital Management and David Dreman’s Dreman Value Management.

Due to the fact that Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has witnessed declining sentiment from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few fund managers who were dropping their entire stakes heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital sold off the biggest position of the 450+ funds we key on, worth close to $31.1 million in stock., and Timothy S. Peterson of Regiment Capital was right behind this move, as the fund sold off about $25.4 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds heading into Q2.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the last 180-day time frame, Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN). These stocks are FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH) and Braskem SA (ADR) (NYSE:BAK). This group of stocks are the members of the chemicals – major diversified industry and their market caps are closest to HUN’s market cap.

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