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Here Is What Hedge Funds Think About Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of September 30. In this article we look at what those investors think of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB).

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) investors should pay attention to a decrease in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late. ALB was in 29 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 36 hedge funds in our database with ALB 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 Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS), Owens Corning (NYSE:OC), and Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUB) to gather more data points.

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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the recent action surrounding Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB).

What have hedge funds been doing with Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 29 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of -19% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Gates Capital Management, managed by Jeffrey Gates, holds the most valuable position in Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB). Gates Capital Management has a $154.6 million position in the stock, comprising 6% of its 13F portfolio. On Gates Capital Management’s heels is Ken Griffin of Citadel Investment Group, with a $92.4 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Some other members of the smart money with similar optimism contain Steve Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management, Bill Miller’s Legg Mason Capital Management and Ross Margolies’ Stelliam Investment Management.

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