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Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Blount International, Inc. (BLT) Anymore

Is Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) an attractive investment right now? Prominent investors are taking a pessimistic view. The number of bullish hedge fund bets went down by 1 lately.

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Consequently, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT).

Hedge fund activity in Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT)

Heading into Q2, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of -7% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes meaningfully.

Blount International Inc (NYSE:BLT)According to our comprehensive database, P2 Capital Partners, managed by Claus Moller, holds the biggest position in Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). P2 Capital Partners has a $46.4 million position in the stock, comprising 7.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Joel Ramin of 12 West Capital Management, with a $45.8 million position; the fund has 7.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company, Robert Joseph Caruso’s Select Equity Group and John W. Rogers’s Ariel Investments.

Due to the fact that Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) has faced falling interest from the smart money, logic holds that there were a few money managers who sold off their positions entirely last quarter. Interestingly, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management dumped the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we track, worth an estimated $11.9 million in stock., and Jeffrey Gates of Gates Capital Management was right behind this move, as the fund said goodbye to about $7.7 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 1 funds last quarter.

Insider trading activity in Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT)

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 3 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Blount International, Inc. (NYSE:BLT). These stocks are Hardinge Inc. (NASDAQ:HDNG), NN, Inc. (NASDAQ:NNBR), Proto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB), RBC Bearings Incorporated (NASDAQ:ROLL), and Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN). This group of stocks are the members of the machine tools & accessories industry and their market caps are similar to BLT’s market cap.