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Is CLARCOR Inc. (CLC) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Should CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC) investors track the following data?

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What’s more, it’s important to examine the latest info for CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC).

Hedge fund activity in CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC)

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -27% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC), worth close to $52.8 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $38.3 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management, Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Due to the fact CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC) has witnessed bearish sentiment from the smart money’s best and brightest, we can see that there is a sect of hedgies that slashed their positions entirely heading into Q2. It’s worth mentioning that Matthew Tewksbury’s Stevens Capital Management sold off the biggest stake of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising an estimated $1.4 million in stock. Jim Simons’s fund, Renaissance Technologies, also said goodbye to its stock, about $0.7 million worth. These moves are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 3 funds heading into Q2.

What have insiders been doing with CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is particularly usable when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC). These stocks are ADA-ES, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADES), Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCCI), Tennant Company (NYSE:TNC), Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC), and Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI). This group of stocks are in the pollution & treatment controls industry and their market caps are closest to CLC’s market cap.

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