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Mine Safety Appliances (MSA): Hedge Funds Are Bearish and Insiders Are Undecided, What Should You Do?

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Should Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA) investors track the following data?

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Furthermore, let’s discuss the newest info for Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA).

How have hedgies been trading Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA)?

In preparation for the third quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -12% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA)According to our 13F database, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the biggest position in Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA), worth close to $26.2 million, comprising 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider of SG Capital Management, with a $6.5 million position; 2.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Gregg J. Powers’s Private Capital Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Since Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA) has faced bearish sentiment from the top-tier hedge fund industry, it’s safe to say that there was a specific group of fund managers who were dropping their positions entirely in Q1. At the top of the heap, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors dropped the largest stake of the 450+ funds we monitor, comprising close to $2.8 million in stock. D. E. Shaw’s fund, D E Shaw, also dropped its stock, about $1.4 million worth. These moves are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 2 funds in Q1.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, 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 Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA). These stocks are Cyberonics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CYBX), Globus Medical Inc (NYSE:GMED), Techne Corporation (NASDAQ:TECH), Opko Health Inc. (NYSE:OPK), and STERIS Corp (NYSE:STE). This group of stocks are in the medical appliances & equipment industry and their market caps resemble MSA’s market cap.

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