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Hedge Funds Are Selling IDEX Corporation (IEX)

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IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX)IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) was in 10 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013. IEX has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 11 hedge funds in our database with IEX positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX).

What have hedge funds been doing with IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -9% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of notable hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments had the biggest position in IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX), worth close to $77.5 million, comprising 1.3% of its total 13F portfolio. On Ariel Investments’s heels is GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, which held a $74.2 million position; 0.5% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that are bullish include Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates and Ken Grossman and Glen Schneider’s SG Capital Management.

Due to the fact that IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) has witnessed declining sentiment from hedge fund managers, it’s safe to say that there exists a select few fund managers that slashed their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital dumped the largest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we track, valued at about $35.3 million in stock., and Ian Simm of Impax Asset Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $8.2 million worth. These transactions are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds last quarter.

How are insiders trading IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX)?

Insider buying is most useful when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest half-year time frame, IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 5 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX). These stocks are Xylem Inc (NYSE:XYL), Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC), Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN), Avery Dennison Corp (NYSE:AVY), and Colfax Corp (NYSE:CFX). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified machinery industry and their market caps match IEX’s market cap.

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