Olin Corporation (OLN): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?: Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (KRO), Cabot Corp (CBT)

Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) shareholders have witnessed an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds of late.

Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN)

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Consequently, it’s important to take a gander at the latest action regarding Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN).

Hedge fund activity in Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN)

Heading into 2013, a total of 14 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 17% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes meaningfully.

When looking at the hedgies we track, Dreman Value Management, managed by David Dreman, holds the biggest position in Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN). Dreman Value Management has a $30 million position in the stock, comprising 0.9% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which held a $3 million position; the fund has 0% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers with similar optimism include Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management.

As industrywide interest jumped, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Magnetar Capital, managed by Alec Litowitz and Ross Laser, initiated the most valuable position in Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN). Magnetar Capital had 1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Gray and Steve Walsh’s Bryn Mawr Capital also initiated a $0 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new OLN investors: Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors and John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors.

What have insiders been doing with Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN)?

Insider buying is at its handiest when the company in question has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the last six-month time period, Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) has experienced 1 unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s also examine hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN). These stocks are Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO), Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT), Chemtura Corp (NYSE:CHMT), Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE:SXT), and HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL). All of these stocks are in the specialty chemicals industry and their market caps resemble OLN’s market cap.

Company Name # of Hedge Funds # of Insiders Buying # of Insiders Selling
Kronos Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:KRO) 4 2 1
Cabot Corp (NYSE:CBT) 13 0 2
Chemtura Corp (NYSE:CHMT) 25 2 0
Sensient Technologies Corporation (NYSE:SXT) 10 0 4
HB Fuller Co (NYSE:FUL) 9 1 4

With the returns shown by Insider Monkey’s tactics, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Olin Corporation (NYSE:OLN) is no exception.

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