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Is Apogee Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:APOG) the right pick for your portfolio? The best stock pickers are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund investments increased by 1 lately. APOG was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with APOG holdings at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare APOG to other stocks including Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), Adecoagro SA (NYSE:AGRO), and Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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How have hedgies been trading Apogee Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:APOG)?
Heading into the fourth quarter of 2016, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a rise of 8% from the second quarter of 2016. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards APOG over the last 5 quarters, which shows a consistent downtrend until the latest quarter. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings substantially (or already accumulated large positions).
According to publicly available hedge fund and institutional investor holdings data compiled by Insider Monkey, Royce & Associates, led by Chuck Royce, holds the most valuable position in Apogee Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:APOG). Royce & Associates has a $44.8 million position in the stock. On Royce & Associates’ heels is Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, with a $7.7 million position. Other professional money managers that hold long positions include John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, and Cliff Asness’ AQR 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.