Is Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

Is Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS) a healthy stock for your portfolio? Prominent investors are in a pessimistic mood. The number of bullish hedge fund bets dropped by 6 in recent months.

Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS)

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Now, let’s take a peek at the key action regarding Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS).

How have hedgies been trading Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS)?

At the end of the fourth quarter, a total of 22 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -21% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors had the most valuable position in Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS), worth close to $168 million, accounting for 1.2% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Iridian Asset Management, managed by David Cohen and Harold Levy, which held a $67 million position; 0.2% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other hedge funds that hold long positions include Martin D. Sass’s MD Sass, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management and Richard Breeden’s Breeden Capital Management.

Seeing as Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS) has faced bearish sentiment from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, logic holds that there exists a select few hedge funds that slashed their positions entirely heading into 2013. It’s worth mentioning that Ralph V. Whitworth’s Relational Investors dumped the biggest stake of the 450+ funds we track, worth close to $327 million in stock., and Israel Englander of Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund dropped about $16 million worth. These transactions are interesting, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 6 funds heading into 2013.

How are insiders trading Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time frame, Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 6 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the results exhibited by Insider Monkey’s research, retail investors must always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and Flowserve Corporation (NYSE:FLS) shareholders fit into this picture quite nicely.

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