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Insteel Industries Inc (IIIN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN) .

Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund sentiment of late. IIIN was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 19 hedge funds in our database with IIIN positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IIIN to other stocks including First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE:FPO), First Trust High Income Long/short Fund (NYSE:FSD), and Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a fall of 16% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in IIIN heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the most valuable position in Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN), worth close to $17.7 million. The second most bullish fund manager is AQR Capital Management, led by Cliff Asness, which holds a $12.8 million position. Remaining professional money managers that are bullish consist of Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Paul Hondros’ AlphaOne Capital Partners. 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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