Do Hedge Funds Love Astec Industries, Inc. (ASTE)?

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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 Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE) .

Is Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE) ready to rally soon? Investors who are in the know are really in an optimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings increased by 1 in recent months. There were 16 hedge funds in our database with ASTE holdings at the end of the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare ASTE to other stocks including Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE), Global Net Lease Inc (NYSE:GNL), and Ship Finance International Limited (NYSE:SFL) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action surrounding Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE).

What have hedge funds been doing with Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, up 7% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards ASTE over the last 5 quarters. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors has the number one position in Astec Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTE), worth close to $72.8 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holding a $20.4 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other members of the smart money that hold long positions consist of Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, Principal Global Investors’s Columbus Circle Investors and Richard Driehaus’s Driehaus Capital. We should note that none of these hedge funds are among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.

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