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Materion Corp (MTRN): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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What’s a smart Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN) investor to do?

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Thus, let’s discuss the newest info for Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN).

Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN)

How are hedge funds trading Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 16 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly.

When using filings from the hedgies we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN). GAMCO Investors has a $33.7 million position in the stock, comprising 0.2% of its 13F portfolio. On GAMCO Investors’s heels is Richard S. Meisenberg of ACK Asset Management, with a $7.5 million position; 3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedge funds that are bullish include Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

As industrywide interest increased, certain money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, initiated the most valuable position in Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN). GAMCO Investors had 33.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Richard S. Meisenberg’s ACK Asset Management also made a $7.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Jeffrey Gendell’s Tontine Asset Management, SAC Subsidiary’s CR Intrinsic Investors, and Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates.

What have insiders been doing with Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN)?

Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time frame, Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Materion Corp (NYSE:MTRN). These stocks are Taseko Mines Limited (USA) (NYSEAMEX:TGB), Denison Mines Corp (USA) (NYSEAMEX:DNN), McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE:MUX), MFC Industrial Ltd (NYSE:MIL), and Platinum Group Metals Limited (USA) (NYSEAMEX:PLG). This group of stocks are in the industrial metals & minerals industry and their market caps match MTRN’s market cap.

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