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Is Entegris Inc (NASDAQ:ENTG) the right investment to pursue these days? Hedge funds are taking an optimistic view. The number of long hedge fund positions rose by 5 lately. ENTG was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ENTG positions 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 Platform Specialty Products Corp (NYSE:PAH), Silicon Laboratories (NASDAQ:SLAB), and Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) to gather more data points.
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What have hedge funds been doing with Entegris Inc (NASDAQ:ENTG)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 31% boost from one quarter earlier. Hedge fund ownership of ENTG has been volatile, but did hit a yearly high on September 30. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Thomas E. Claugus’ GMT Capital has the number one position in Entegris Inc (NASDAQ:ENTG), worth close to $240.3 million, accounting for 4.9% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by RGM Capital, led by Robert G. Moses, holding a $67.8 million position; the fund has 7.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism contain Mariko Gordon’s Daruma Asset Management, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.