We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the SEC. 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 International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF).
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) saw a decrease in hedge fund interest last quarter. IFF was in 16 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. By comparison, there had been 20 hedge funds in our database with IFF positions at the end of June. 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 Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM), Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS), and Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action surrounding International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF).
How are hedge funds trading International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)?
At Q3’s end, a total of 16 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, down by 20% from the second quarter of 2016. On the other hand, there were a total of 15 hedge funds with a bullish position in IFF at the beginning of this year. So, let’s check out 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, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF). GAMCO Investors has a $144.3 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP holding a $34 million position; the fund has 0.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other professional money managers that hold long positions contain Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world and Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management. We should note that none of these hedge funds are 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.