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Furthermore, we’re going to discuss the newest info surrounding Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS).
How are hedge funds trading Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS)?
Heading into Q3, a total of 34 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 13% from one quarter earlier. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management had the biggest position in Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS), worth close to $201.7 million, comprising 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Columbus Circle Investors, managed by Donald Chiboucis, which held a $101.2 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.
Consequently, particular hedge funds were breaking ground themselves. Pzena Investment Management, managed by Richard S. Pzena, assembled the most outsized position in Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS). Pzena Investment Management had 201.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Donald Chiboucis’s Columbus Circle Investors also initiated a $101.2 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new MAS investors: Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management LP, and Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors.
Insider trading activity in Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS)
Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest half-year time period, Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll also review the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS). These stocks are Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI), Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST), Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Owens Corning (NYSE:OC), and Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC). This group of stocks are the members of the general building materials industry and their market caps match MAS’s market cap.