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Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (SPB): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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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 Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB).

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money recently. SPB was in 30 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with SPB holdings 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 Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCK), Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO), and HD Supply Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:HDS) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a glance at the new action encompassing Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB).

How have hedgies been trading Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 30 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 30% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Brahman Capital, managed by Peter Adam Hochfelder, holds the largest position in Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB). Brahman Capital has a $221.4 million position in the stock, comprising 7.8% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, holding a $107.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers that hold long positions contain Robert Boucai’s Newbrook Capital Advisors, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

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