Lennox International Inc. (LII): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It

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Is Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) going to take off soon? Money managers are getting more optimistic. The number of bullish hedge fund positions moved up by 1 in recent months.

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Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII)

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Keeping this in mind, it’s important to take a look at the key action encompassing Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII).

What does the smart money think about Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII)?

In preparation for this quarter, a total of 17 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 6% from the first quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.

According to our comprehensive database, Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, holds the most valuable position in Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII). Select Equity Group has a $72.5 million position in the stock, comprising 1% of its 13F portfolio. On Select Equity Group’s heels is Greenhaven Associates, managed by Edgar Wachenheim, which held a $25.8 million position; the fund has 0.7% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds that hold long positions include Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management, Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management and Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies.

Consequently, specific money managers have jumped into Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) headfirst. Select Equity Group, managed by Robert Joseph Caruso, created the largest position in Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII). Select Equity Group had 72.5 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Andrew Sandler’s Sandler Capital Management also initiated a $25.7 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new LII positions are Alexander Mitchell’s Scopus Asset Management, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, and Mike Vranos’s Ellington.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest 180-day time period, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and 7 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Lennox International Inc. (NYSE:LII). These stocks are The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ:MIDD), Graco Inc. (NYSE:GGG), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), Babcock & Wilcox Co (NYSE:BWC), and Crane Co. (NYSE:CR). This group of stocks are the members of the diversified machinery industry and their market caps are closest to LII’s market cap.

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