Here is What Hedge Funds Think About OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (OMN)

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OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN) investors should be aware of an increase in support from the world’s most elite money managers in recent months.

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a peek at the latest action regarding OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN).

What does the smart money think about OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN)?

Heading into 2013, a total of 13 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. With the smart money’s capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings substantially.

When looking at the hedgies we track, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the biggest position in OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN). GAMCO Investors has a $10.7 million position in the stock, comprising GOTHAM ASSET MANAGEMENT0.1% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Tontine Asset Management, managed by Jeffrey Gendell, which held a $3 million position; 0.8% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other hedgies that hold long positions include Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management.

With a general bullishness amongst the heavyweights, key money managers have jumped into OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN) headfirst. Whitebox Advisors, managed by Andy Redleaf, initiated the largest position in OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN). Whitebox Advisors had 0.6 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors also made a $0.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The only other fund with a new position in the stock is Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

How have insiders been trading OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the company in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last six-month time period, OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s go over hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN). These stocks are Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC), Ferro Corporation (NYSE:FOE), KMG Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:KMG), and Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE). All of these stocks are in the specialty chemicals industry and their market caps resemble OMN’s market cap.

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