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Is Knoll Inc (KNL) Going to Burn These Hedge Funds?

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Is Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) the right pick for your portfolio? Hedge funds are in a bullish mood. The number of bullish hedge fund positions inched up by 1 in recent months. Our calculations also showed that knl isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Let’s analyze the latest hedge fund action encompassing Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL)?

Heading into the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 8% from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 12 hedge funds with a bullish position in KNL 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.

No of Hedge Funds with KNL Positions

Among these funds, D E Shaw held the most valuable stake in Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL), which was worth $11 million at the end of the third quarter. On the second spot was Citadel Investment Group which amassed $6.4 million worth of shares. Moreover, Brant Point Investment Management, Renaissance Technologies, and Millennium Management were also bullish on Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL), allocating a large percentage of their portfolios to this stock.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers have jumped into Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) headfirst. Brant Point Investment Management, managed by Ira Unschuld, assembled the largest position in Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL). Brant Point Investment Management had $5.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group also initiated a $0.2 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new KNL investors: Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. del Valle’s Springbok Capital.

Let’s check out hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) but similarly valued. These stocks are National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC), National Western Life Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NWLI), Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE:PJC), and Triumph Group Inc (NYSE:TGI). All of these stocks’ market caps are similar to KNL’s market cap.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
NBHC 9 97149 0
NWLI 7 20438 -1
PJC 7 48944 1
TGI 7 53339 -1
Average 7.5 54968 -0.25

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 7.5 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $55 million. That figure was $42 million in KNL’s case. National Bank Holdings Corp (NYSE:NBHC) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand National Western Life Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NWLI) is the least popular one with only 7 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks Knoll Inc (NYSE:KNL) is more popular among hedge funds. Considering that hedge funds are fond of this stock in relation to its market cap peers, it may be a good idea to analyze it in detail and potentially include it in your portfolio.

Disclosure: None. This article was originally published at Insider Monkey.

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