Hedge Funds Aren’t Crazy About Gardner Denver, Inc. (GDI) Anymore

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Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI) shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money of late.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI).

Hedge fund activity in Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI)

At Q1’s end, a total of 37 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -27% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, ValueAct Capital, managed by Jeffrey Ubben, holds the biggest position in Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI). ValueAct Capital has a $188.4 million position in the stock, comprising 2.1% of its 13F portfolio. On ValueAct Capital’s heels is Pentwater Capital Management, managed by Matthew Halbower, which held a $105.7 million position; the fund has 4.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds that are bullish include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, John Paulson’s Paulson & Co and John Burbank’s Passport Capital.

Judging by the fact that Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI) has experienced a declination in interest from the smart money, logic holds that there exists a select few money managers that elected to cut their entire stakes last quarter. At the top of the heap, Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management cut the largest position of the “upper crust” of funds we track, totaling about $54.1 million in stock.. Eric Mindich’s fund, Eton Park Capital, also said goodbye to its stock, about $40.4 million worth. These transactions are important to note, as aggregate hedge fund interest dropped by 14 funds last quarter.

How have insiders been trading Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI)?

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 half-year. Over the last half-year time period, Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI). These stocks are Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN), Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), Babcock & Wilcox Co (NYSE:BWC), Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), and SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPW). All of these stocks are in the diversified machinery industry and their market caps are closest to GDI’s market cap.

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