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Is Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) a good place to invest some of your money right now? We can gain invaluable insight to help us answer that question by studying the investment trends of top investors, who employ world-class Ivy League graduates, who are given immense resources and industry contacts to put their financial expertise to work. The top picks of these firms have historically outperformed the market when we account for known risk factors, making them very valuable investment ideas.

Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) was in 28 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLKhas seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 31 hedge funds in our database with Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLKholdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article, we will examine companies such as Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPR), and Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc (NYSE:EVHC) to gather more data points.

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If you’d ask most market participants, hedge funds are viewed as underperforming, old investment tools of yesteryear. While there are greater than 8000 funds trading today, our researchers choose to focus on the masters of this group, around 700 funds. These investment experts oversee most of the hedge fund industry’s total asset base, and by paying attention to their top investments, Insider Monkey has unsheathed numerous investment strategies that have historically outperformed the S&P 500 index. Insider Monkey’s small-cap hedge fund strategy outrun the S&P 500 index by 12 percentage points a year for a decade in their back tests.

Now, we’re going to take a peek at the recent action encompassing Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK).

How are hedge funds trading Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 28 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a drop of 10% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group has the most valuable position in Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK), worth close to $169.8 million, comprising 1.6% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $123.5 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that hold long positions comprise D E Shaw, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

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