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Is Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS) a buy, sell, or hold? Prominent investors are definitely buying. The number of bullish hedge fund positions experienced an increase of 3 recently. IPHSwas in 17 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 14 hedge funds in our database with IPHS holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare IPHS to other stocks including McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC), Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALG), and Bob Evans Farms Inc (NASDAQ:BOBE) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a peek at the new action surrounding Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS).
What have hedge funds been doing with Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 17 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a jump of 21% from the second quarter of 2016. By comparison, 14 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in IPHS heading into this year. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Innophos Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPHS), worth close to $27.3 million, amounting to less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund manager is Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $6.5 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other professional money managers that are bullish encompass Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Israel Englander’s Millennium 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.