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Is Eagle Materials, Inc. (EXP) 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: Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP).

Hedge fund interest in Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP) shares was flat at the end of last quarter. This is usually a negative indicator. At the end of this article we will also compare EXP to other stocks including Echostar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT), and Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc (NYSE:SC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the key action surrounding Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP).

What have hedge funds been doing with Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, unchanged from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Gates Capital Management, run by Jeffrey Gates, holds the largest position in Eagle Materials, Inc. (NYSE:EXP). According to its latest 13F filing, Gates Capital has a $107.5 million position in the stock, comprising 3.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson of Adage Capital Management, with a $67.2 million bet; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Paul Reeder and Edward Shapiro’s PAR Capital Management, Clint Murray’s Lodge Hill Capital and Martin D. Sass’s MD Sass.

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