Here is What Hedge Funds Think About Tower International Inc (TOWR)

Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR)Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) was in 2 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of December. TOWR has experienced a decrease in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 3 hedge funds in our database with TOWR positions at the end of the previous quarter.

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Consequently, let’s take a gander at the key action encompassing Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR).

How have hedgies been trading Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 2 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -33% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were tweaking their stakes significantly.

Since Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) has experienced declining sentiment from the aggregate hedge fund industry, it’s easy to see that there was a specific group of hedgies that elected to cut their full holdings last quarter. Intriguingly, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management sold off the largest investment of all the hedgies we monitor, comprising about $0.2 million in stock. These bearish behaviors are important to note, as total hedge fund interest fell by 1 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is at its handiest when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past half-year. Over the last half-year time frame, Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Tower International Inc (NYSE:TOWR). These stocks are Park-Ohio Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:PKOH), Dynamic Materials Corporation (NASDAQ:BOOM), Graham Corporation (NYSEAMEX:GHM), Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZEUS), and Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GIFI). This group of stocks are the members of the metal fabrication industry and their market caps are similar to TOWR’s market cap.