Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Eastman Chemical Company (EMN) Anymore

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Eastman ChemicalIs Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) undervalued? Prominent investors are reducing their bets on the stock. The number of long hedge fund bets dropped by 8 recently.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the recent action surrounding Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN).

Hedge fund activity in Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN)

At Q1’s end, a total of 40 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of -17% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably.

According to our comprehensive database, Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, holds the most valuable position in Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN). Iridian Asset Management has a $290.9 million position in the stock, comprising 4.3% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Andreas Halvorsen of Viking Global, with a $219.6 million position; 1.3% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers with similar optimism include Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management and Doug Silverman and Alexander Klabin’s Senator Investment Group.

Seeing as Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has witnessed declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, logic holds that there exists a select few hedge funds who sold off their full holdings last quarter. It’s worth mentioning that Sean Cullinan’s Point State Capital sold off the biggest investment of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, valued at about $88.2 million in stock.. Ken Heebner’s fund, Capital Growth Management, also cut its stock, about $15.7 million worth. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest was cut by 8 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN)?

Insider trading activity, especially when it’s bullish, is at its handiest when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest six-month time period, Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and 8 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN). These stocks are Ashland Inc. (NYSE:ASH), Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), FMC Corp (NYSE:FMC), and Sociedad Quimica y Minera (ADR) (NYSE:SQM). This group of stocks belong to the chemicals – major diversified industry and their market caps resemble EMN’s market cap.

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