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Kaydon Corporation (KDN): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Is Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN) a good investment?

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Thus, we’re going to study the newest info surrounding Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN).

How are hedge funds trading Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 20% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.

Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN)Out of the hedge funds we follow, Natixis Global Asset Management’s Harris Associates had the largest position in Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN), worth close to $27.1 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Harris Associates’s heels is Chuck Royce of Royce & Associates, with a $10.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management.

Now, particular hedge funds have jumped into Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN) headfirst. Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, assembled the biggest position in Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN). Royce & Associates had 10.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $4.2 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital.

What have insiders been doing with Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN)?

Insider buying is best served when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time period, Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll check out the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN). These stocks are MRC Global Inc (NYSE:MRC), Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT), Proto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB), RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL), and Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). This group of stocks are the members of the machine tools & accessories industry and their market caps match KDN’s market cap.

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