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Is Park Electrochemical Corp. (PKE) A Good Stock To Buy?

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Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE) shares didn’t see a lot of action during the third quarter. Overall, hedge fund sentiment was unchanged. The stock was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare PKE to other stocks including Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunity Fund Inc. (NYSE:HYI), OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:OMED), and Organovo Holdings Inc (NYSEMKT:ONVO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s check out the fresh action encompassing Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE).

What does the smart money think about Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 0% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 7 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in PKE heading into this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

HedgeFund

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the number one position in Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE), worth close to $48.4 million, accounting for 0.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holding a $16.7 million position; less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that are bullish consist of Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group. 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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