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Warning: Hedge Funds Are Fleeing Newell Brands Inc (NWL)

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Hedge fund managers like David Einhorn, Dan Loeb, or Carl Icahn became billionaires through reaping large profits for their investors, which is why piggybacking their stock picks may provide us with significant returns as well. Many hedge funds, like Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, are pretty secretive, but we can still get some insights by analyzing their quarterly 13F filings. One of the most fertile grounds for large abnormal returns is hedge funds’ most popular small-cap picks, which are not so widely followed and often trade at a discount to their intrinsic value. In this article we will check out hedge fund activity in another small-cap stock: Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL).

Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL) has experienced a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. NWL was in 39 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 51 hedge funds in our database with NWL holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare NWL to other stocks including Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS), Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE), and Perrigo Company (NASDAQ:PRGO) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, we’re going to take a look at the latest action regarding Newell Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL).

What does the smart money think about Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL)?

At Q3’s end, a total of 39 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 24% drop from one quarter earlier. However, it should be noted that ownership is still higher than it was at the end of the first quarter, following a huge Q2 buying spree by hedge funds. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the largest position in Newell Brands Inc (NYSE:NWL). Iridian Asset Management has a $188.7 million position in the stock, comprising 1.6% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Steve Cohen of Point72 Asset Management, with a $137.4 million position. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Ric Dillon’s Diamond Hill Capital, Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP, and Mark Kingdon’s Kingdon Capital.

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