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Is IDEX Corporation (IEX) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Is IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) a healthy stock for your portfolio? The smart money is becoming more confident. The number of long hedge fund positions that are disclosed in regulatory 13F filings improved by 2 recently. IEX was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with IEX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IEX to other stocks including Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TARO), Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII), and Reinsurance Group of America Inc (NYSE:RGA) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Hedge fund activity in IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX)

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a gain of 14% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in IEX at the beginning of this year. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX). GAMCO Investors has a $67.7 million position in the stock. Coming in second is Ian Simm of Impax Asset Management, with a $64.1 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies. We should note that Impax Asset Management 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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