Powell Industries, Inc. (POWL): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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In Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:POWL)’s case it looks like hedge funds are in a bullish mood. More specifically, the number of funds from our database long the stock went up by three during the third quarter. However, 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 Iconix Brand Group Inc (NASDAQ:ICON), Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN), and Boulevard Acquisition Corp II (NASDAQ:BLVD) to gather more data points.

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Now, let’s take a gander at the latest action surrounding Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:POWL).

What have hedge funds been doing with Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:POWL)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 14 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Powell Industries, up from 11 funds at the end of June. By comparison, 11 hedge funds held shares or bullish call options in POWL heading into this year. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings meaningfully (or already accumulated large positions).

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According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management has the largest position in Powell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:POWL), worth close to $12.6 million, amounting to 2.5% of its total 13F portfolio. The second most bullish fund is Ed Beddow and William Tichy’s Beddow Capital Management, which holds a $11 million position; the fund has 4.5% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, and Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell’s Arrowstreet Capital. 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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