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Is GMS Inc (GMS) A Good Stock To Buy According To Hedge Funds?

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At Insider Monkey we track the activity of some of the best-performing hedge funds like Appaloosa Management, Baupost, and Third Point because we determined that some of the stocks that they are collectively bullish on can help us generate returns above the broader indices. Out of thousands of stocks that hedge funds invest in, small-caps can provide the best returns over the long term due to the fact that these companies are less efficiently priced and are usually under the radars of mass-media, analysts and dumb money. This is why we follow the smart money moves in the small-cap space.

GMS Inc (NYSE:GMS) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. There were 10 hedge funds in our database with GMS holdings at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare GMS to other stocks including Penn West Petroleum Ltd (USA) (NYSE:PWE), General American Investors Co. Inc. (NYSE:GAM), and Capstead Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:CMO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the latest action encompassing GMS Inc (NYSE:GMS).

What does the smart money think about GMS Inc (NYSE:GMS)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 10 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -17% from the previous quarter. By comparison, 0 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in GMS heading into this year. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group has the biggest position in GMS Inc (NYSE:GMS), worth close to $12.9 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Balyasny Asset Management, led by Dmitry Balyasny, which holds a $4.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Anand Parekh’s Alyeska Investment Group, Mark Coe’s Coe Capital Management and Gregg Moskowitz’s Interval Partners. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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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