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Is Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (FBHS) A Good Stock To Buy?

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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 Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS).

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately. FBHS was in 25 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 24 hedge funds in our database with FBHS positions at the end of the second quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FBHS to other stocks including CBRE Group Inc (NYSE:CBG), ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD), and Shaw Communications Inc (USA) (NYSE:SJR) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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How have hedgies been trading Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 25 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, an increase of 4% from one quarter earlier, and the third straight quarter with a rise in bullish hedgie positions. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists a select group of notable hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, GAMCO Investors, managed by Mario Gabelli, holds the most valuable position in Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE:FBHS). GAMCO Investors has an $84.5 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Two Sigma Advisors, led by John Overdeck and David Siegel, holding a $43.4 million position. Remaining peers that hold long positions consist of Columbus Circle Investors, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Millennium Management, one of the 10 largest hedge funds in the world.

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