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Should You Avoid TopBuild Corp (BLD)?

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The 700+ hedge funds and money managers tracked by Insider Monkey have already compiled and submitted their 13F filings for the third quarter, which unveil their equity positions as of September 30. We went through these filings, fixed typos and other more significant errors and identified the changes in hedge fund positions. Our extensive review of these public filings is finally over, so this article is set to reveal the smart money sentiment towards TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD).

TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months. BLD was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 26 hedge funds in our database with BLD 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 Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:ATI), Imperva Inc (NYSE:IMPV), and Potlatch Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a glance at the latest action encompassing TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD).

Hedge fund activity in TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD)

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, down 19% from the second quarter of 2016. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Thomas E. Claugus’s GMT Capital has the largest position in TopBuild Corp (NYSE:BLD), worth close to $25.6 million, amounting to 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Three Corner Global Investors, led by Gunnar Overstrom, holding a $22.7 million position; 8.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions encompass Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Scott Phillips’s Latimer Light Capital and Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management.

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