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Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF) investors should pay attention to a decrease in hedge fund interest in recent months. 20 hedge funds in our database were long GEF on September 30. There were 21 hedge funds in our database with GEF holdings at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEK), Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B), and Alexander & Baldwin Inc (NYSE:ALEX) to gather more data points.
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Hedge fund activity in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF)
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a dip of 5% from the previous quarter, as hedge fund ownership of the stock remains in a narrow range. There were a total of 18 hedge funds with a bullish position in GEF at the beginning of this year. So, let’s see which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Paul J. Isaac’s Arbiter Partners Capital Management has the most valuable position in Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF), worth close to $48.9 million, accounting for 5.8% of its total 13F portfolio. On Arbiter Partners Capital Management’s heels is Mario Gabelli of GAMCO Investors, with a $46.4 million position. Some other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish comprise Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management. We should note that Arbiter Partners Capital Management is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-microcap stocks.