What Hedge Funds Think About International Paper Company (IP)

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International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) is a steady member of many investors’ portfolios. So what are its richest investors doing to make piggybackers so bullish?

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What’s more, we’re going to discuss the latest info about International Paper Company (NYSE:IP).

International Paper Company (NYSE:IP)How have hedgies been trading International Paper Company (NYSE:IP)?

Heading into Q3, a total of 50 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from one quarter earlier. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Out of the hedge funds we follow, Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, holds the largest position in International Paper Company (NYSE:IP). Third Point has a $199.4 million position in the stock, comprising 4.5% of its 13F portfolio. On Third Point’s heels is Senator Investment Group, managed by Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin, which held a $181.7 million position; 2.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other hedge funds with similar optimism include D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

As industrywide interest increased, certain bigger names were breaking ground themselves. Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, created the most outsized position in International Paper Company (NYSE:IP). Third Point had 199.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group also made a $181.7 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with brand new IP positions are D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw, Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

How have insiders been trading International Paper Company (NYSE:IP)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the last 180-day time period, International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 14 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

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