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Is Atkore International Group Inc (ATKR) a Good Stock to Buy?

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Atkore International Group Inc (NYSE:ATKR).

Is Atkore International Group Inc (NYSE:ATKR) a sound investment right now? The best stock pickers are indeed getting less optimistic. The number of long hedge fund positions dropped by 2 lately. ATKRwas in 10 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 12 hedge funds in our database with ATKR positions at the end of the previous quarter. 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 Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC), Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK), and The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE:BKE) to gather more data points.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the latest action surrounding Atkore International Group Inc (NYSE:ATKR).

What have hedge funds been doing with Atkore International Group Inc (NYSE:ATKR)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a change of -17% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 0 hedge funds with a bullish position in ATKR at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, John A. Levin’s Levin Capital Strategies has the biggest position in Atkore International Group Inc (NYSE:ATKR), worth close to $42.4 million, amounting to 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, which holds a $22 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world and Jeffrey Moskowitz’s Harvey Partners. We should note that Harvey Partners is 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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