EnPro Industries, Inc. (NPO): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

Amid an overall market correction, many stocks that smart money investors were collectively bullish on tanked during the third quarter. Among them, Valeant and Micron ranked among the top 30 picks and both lost around 20%. Citigroup, which was the third most popular stock, lost 10% amid uncertainty regarding the interest rates. Nevertheless, our research shows that most of the stocks that smart money likes historically generate strong risk-adjusted returns. This is why following the smart money sentiment is a useful tool in identifying the next stock to invest in.

Is EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO) going to take off soon? Hedge funds are taking a bearish view. The number of long hedge fund positions went down by 2 recently. At the end of this article, we will also compare EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO) to other stocks, including Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund Inc (NYSE:NPI), Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE:FSS), and Teladoc Inc (NYSE:TDOC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to view the recent action surrounding EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO).

How have hedgies been trading EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO)?

At the end of Q3, a total of 19 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a drop of 10% from the second quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Greywolf Capital Management, managed by Jonathan Savitz, holds the biggest position in EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO). Greywolf Capital Management has a $61 million position in the stock, comprising 10% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Silver Point Capital, managed by Edward A. Mule, which holds a $55.2 million position; the fund has 7.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining professional money managers with similar optimism include Bart Baum’s Ionic Capital Management, Mark Weissman, Adam Cohen and David Coleto’s Caspian Capital Partners, and Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management.