Global Power Equipment Group Inc (GLPW): Hedge Funds Are Bullish and Insiders Are Bearish, What Should You Do?

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Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW) investors should pay attention to an increase in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a gander at the key action regarding Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW).

How are hedge funds trading Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 13% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW)Of the funds we track, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates had the most valuable position in Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW), worth close to $33.7 million, accounting for 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Nelson Obus of Wynnefield Capital, with a $7.3 million position; the fund has 2.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies with similar optimism include Thomas Ellis and Todd Hammer’s North Run Capital, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Brian Taylor’s Pine River Capital Management.

As aggregate interest increased, key hedge funds have jumped into Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW) headfirst. Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, initiated the largest position in Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW). Millennium Management had 0.4 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter.

How are insiders trading Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company we’re looking at has experienced transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time period, Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Global Power Equipment Group Inc (NASDAQ:GLPW). These stocks are Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. (NYSE:AP), ExOne Co (NASDAQ:XONE), Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI), Marine Products Corp. (NYSE:MPX), and Twin Disc, Incorporated (NASDAQ:TWIN). This group of stocks belong to the diversified machinery industry and their market caps are similar to GLPW’s market cap.

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