American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of March. AVD has experienced an increase in hedge fund sentiment of late. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with AVD positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Consequently, let’s take a peek at the key action regarding American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD).
What have hedge funds been doing with American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD)?
At Q1’s end, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 27% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes considerably.
Of the funds we track, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies had the most valuable position in American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD), worth close to $14.9 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. On Renaissance Technologies’s heels is Goodnow Investment Group, managed by Edward Goodnow, which held a $2.8 million position; the fund has 0.6% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that are bullish include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.
As aggregate interest increased, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Goodnow Investment Group, managed by Edward Goodnow, created the largest position in American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD). Goodnow Investment Group had 2.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Millennium Management also initiated a $1.6 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new AVD positions are Mike Vranos’s Ellington, David Costen Haley’s HBK Investments, and Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital.
Insider trading activity in American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD)
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let’s also take a look at hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD). These stocks are Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P. (NYSE:TNH), Scotts Miracle-Gro Co (NYSE:SMG), CVR Partners LP (NYSE:UAN), Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE:IPI), and Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP (NYSE:RNF). All of these stocks are in the agricultural chemicals industry and their market caps are similar to AVD’s market cap.