Is Park Electrochemical Corp. (PKE) A Good Stock To Buy?

Insider Monkey has processed numerous 13F filings of hedge funds and famous investors to create an extensive database of hedge fund holdings. The 13F filings show the hedge funds and investors’ positions as of the end of the third quarter. You can find write-ups about an individual hedge fund’s trades on numerous financial news websites. However, in this article we will take a look at their collective moves and analyze what the smart money thinks of Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE) based on that data.

Is Park Electrochemical Corp. a first-rate investment now? Hedge funds are in a pessimistic mood. The number of long hedge fund bets went down by 3 recently. At the end of this article we will also compare PKE to other stocks, including Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE:GCAP), Clifton Savings Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSBK), and Sun Bancorp, Inc. /NJ (NASDAQ:SNBC) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to check out the recent action surrounding Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE).

How are hedge funds trading Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 30% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings significantly (or already accumulated large positions).

Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates has the largest position in Park Electrochemical Corp. (NYSE:PKE), worth close to $43.9 million, corresponding to 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. On Royce & Associates’s heels is Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies, with a $12.1 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other members of the smart money that hold long positions include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.