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Should You Avoid Xylem Inc (XYL)?

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Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL) was in 21 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. XYL investors should be aware of a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 22 hedge funds in our database with XYL positions at the end of the previous quarter.

Xylem Inc

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the key action regarding Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL).

Hedge fund activity in Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL)

Heading into Q2, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -5% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Of the funds we track, Gates Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Gates, holds the largest position in Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL). Gates Capital Management has a $116.8 million position in the stock, comprising 6.1% of its 13F portfolio. On Gates Capital Management’s heels is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $90.8 million position; 0.6% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and George Soros’s Soros Fund Management.

Seeing as Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL) has faced falling interest from hedge fund managers, logic holds that there exists a select few hedgies that slashed their entire stakes in Q1. At the top of the heap, Ian Simm’s Impax Asset Management sold off the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we watch, totaling an estimated $30.3 million in stock.. Gilchrist Berg’s fund, Water Street Capital, also cut its stock, about $10.5 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds in Q1.

Insider trading activity in Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL)

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last six-month time frame, Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL). These stocks are Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY), Colfax Corp (NYSE:CFX), IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUB-B), and Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC). All of these stocks are in the diversified machinery industry and their market caps match XYL’s market cap.

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