Is OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (OMN) Worthy of Your Portfolio?

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The worries about the election and the ongoing uncertainty about the path of interest-rate increases have been keeping investors on the sidelines. Of course, most hedge funds and other asset managers have been underperforming main stock market indices since the middle of 2015. Interestingly though, smaller-cap stocks registered their best performance relative to the large-capitalization stocks since the end of the June quarter, suggesting that this may be the best time to take a cue from their stock picks. In fact, the Russell 2000 Index gained more than 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 benchmark returned less than 6%. This article will lay out and discuss the hedge fund and institutional investor sentiment towards OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN).

During the third quarter, OMNOVA Solutions saw an increase in enthusiasm from smart money, as the number of investors tracked by Insider Monkey long the stock went up to 17 from 10 during the the third quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as Potbelly Corp (NASDAQ:PBPB), NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ:NLNK), and Versartic Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s view the latest action surrounding OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN).

How are hedge funds trading OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN)?

At the end of the third quarter, 17 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN), up by 70% from one quarter earlier. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards OMN over the last five quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, GAMCO Investors, led by Mario Gabelli, holds the largest position in OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN). GAMCO Investors has a $10 million position in the stock, comprising 0.1% of its 13F portfolio. Coming in second is James A. Mitarotonda of Barington Capital Group, with a $8.5 million position; 7% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Remaining members of the smart money that are bullish comprise Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies and Benjamin A. Smith’s Laurion 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.

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