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Is Milacron Holdings Corp (MCRN) Going To Burn Investors?

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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: Milacron Holdings Corp (NYSE:MCRN).

Milacron Holdings Corp (NYSE:MCRN) was in 6 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. MCRN has seen a decrease in hedge fund interest lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with MCRN holdings at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare MCRN to other stocks including Kraton Performance Polymers Inc (NYSE:KRA), Interface, Inc. (NASDAQ:TILE), and TPG Specialty Lending Inc (NYSE:TSLX) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Milacron Holdings Corp (NYSE:MCRN)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 6 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 25% drop from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 11 hedge funds with a bullish position in MCRN a year earlier, showing a nearly 50% drop in bullish positions in the last year. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Levin Capital Strategies, led by John A. Levin, holds the biggest position in Milacron Holdings Corp (NYSE:MCRN). Levin Capital Strategies has a $52.5 million position in the stock. The second most bullish fund manager is Adage Capital Management, led by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $16.2 million position. Some other members of the smart money that are bullish consist of Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, and Glenn Russell Dubin’s Highbridge Capital Management. 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-micro-cap stocks.

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