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Is A. Schulman Inc (SHLM) A Good Stock To Buy?

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A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in support from the world’s most successful money managers of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with SHLM holdings at the end of September. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Duluth Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:DLTH), Air Transport Services Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG), and Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the latest action regarding A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM).

Hedge fund activity in A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM)

At Q3’s end, a total of 11 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of -31% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards SHLM over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Daruma Asset Management, led by Mariko Gordon, holds the largest position in A. Schulman Inc (NASDAQ:SHLM). Daruma Asset Management has a $55.9 million position in the stock, comprising 3.4% of its 13F portfolio. On Daruma Asset Management’s heels is James A. Mitarotonda of Barington Capital Group, with a $9.4 million position; the fund has 7.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism comprise Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Roger Ibbotson’s Zebra Capital Management and Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors. We should note that none of these elite funds are among our list of the 100 best performing elite funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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