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Should You Avoid Energizer Holdings, Inc. (ENR)?

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Hedge funds and other investment firms run by legendary investors like Israel Englander and Ray Dalio are entrusted to manage billions of dollars of accredited investors’ money because they are without peer in the resources they use to identify the best investments for their chosen investment horizon. Moreover, they are more willing to invest a greater amount of their resources in small-cap stocks than big brokerage houses, and this is often where they generate their outperformance, which is why we pay particular attention to their best ideas in this space.

Is Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR) a buy right now? Investors who are in the know are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 8 in recent months. 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 Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD), Proofpoint Inc (NASDAQ:PFPT), and SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s review the recent action encompassing Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR).

What does the smart money think about Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR)?

Heading into Q4, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a slump of 26% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Kenneth Mario Garschina’s Mason Capital Management has the largest position in Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR), worth close to $93.1 million, accounting for 2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $51.1 million position; the fund has 0.3% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that are bullish comprise Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

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