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Should You Buy Boise Inc. (BZ)?

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What’s more, we’re going to study the newest info about Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ).

What have hedge funds been doing with Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ)?

At Q2’s end, a total of 21 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 24% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ)When using filings from the hedgies we track, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co had the largest position in Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ), worth close to $57.7 million, comprising 0.4% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Clint Carlson of Carlson Capital, with a $10.5 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Remaining hedge funds with similar optimism include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

Now, specific money managers have jumped into Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ) headfirst. Paulson & Co, managed by John Paulson, initiated the most outsized position in Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ). Paulson & Co had 57.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital also made a $10.5 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new BZ positions are Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.

Insider trading activity in Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ)

Insider buying is most useful when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ). These stocks are KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM), Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE:CLW), Buckeye Technologies Inc. (NYSE:BKI), and P.H. Glatfelter Company (NYSE:GLT). This group of stocks are in the paper & paper products industry and their market caps are similar to BZ’s market cap.

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