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Is Koppers Holdings Inc. (KOP) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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A whopping number of 13F filings filed with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been processed by Insider Monkey so that individual investors can look at the overall hedge fund sentiment towards the stocks included in their watchlists. These freshly-submitted public filings disclose money managers’ equity positions as of the end of the three-month period that ended September 30, so let’s proceed with the discussion of the hedge fund sentiment on Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP).

Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. KOP was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with KOP holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare KOP to other stocks including Novadaq Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:NVDQ), Eldorado Resorts Inc (NASDAQ:ERI), and Northstar Realty Europe Corp (NYSE:NRE) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What does the smart money think about Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up by 14% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards KOP over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jeremy Carton and Gilbert Li’s Alta Fundamental Advisers has the largest position in Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE:KOP), worth close to $16.9 million, corresponding to 20.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Alta Fundamental Advisers’ heels is Mountain Lake Investment Management, led by Mitch Cantor, holding a $15.3 million position; 8.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Nelson Obus’ Wynnefield Capital, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital and Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. We should note that Mountain Lake Investment 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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