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Is Gibraltar Industries Inc (ROCK) A Good Stock To Buy?

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The worries about the economic slowdown in China and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases triggered several waves of equity sell-offs during the third quarter. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers had to stomach substantial losses during the bloody three-month period, which might have caused some to consider fleeing the U.S. equity markets. Interestingly, smaller-cap stocks registered higher losses than large-capitalization stocks during the September quarter, suggesting that institutional investors heavily discarded seemingly riskier equities amid high uncertainty and turmoil. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index lost 11.9% in the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark declined a mere 6.4%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK).

Gibraltar Industries Inc was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. ROCK investors should pay attention to an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with ROCK holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ROCK to other stocks, including Unit Corporation (NYSE:UNT), Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRTX), and AppFolio Inc (NASDAQ:APPF) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to view the recent action regarding Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK).

What does the smart money think about Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a surge of 54% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, holds the biggest position in Gibraltar Industries Inc (NASDAQ:ROCK). The fund reported a $38.6 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Eric Edidin and Josh Lobel of Archer Capital Management, with a $33 million stake; 4.7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money with similar optimism consist of Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management.

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