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Thus, it’s important to study the newest info about Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY).
What have hedge funds been doing with Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY)?
At the end of the second quarter, a total of 10 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 0% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially.
Out of the hedge funds we follow, 12 West Capital Management, managed by Joel Ramin, holds the most valuable position in Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY). 12 West Capital Management has a $20.1 million position in the stock, comprising 3.2% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Richard S. Meisenberg of ACK Asset Management, with a $17.5 million position; 7.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include Amy Minella’s Cardinal Capital, Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.
Judging by the fact that Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY) has faced a fall in interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there exists a select few hedge funds who were dropping their entire stakes in Q1. At the top of the heap, Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management said goodbye to the biggest position of the 450+ funds we track, valued at about $0.5 million in stock, and Israel Englander of Millennium Management was right behind this move, as the fund cut about $0.4 million worth. These moves are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest stayed the same (this is a bearish signal in our experience).
How have insiders been trading Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY)?
Insider buying made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest 180-day time frame, Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
We’ll also take a look at the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to Libbey Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LBY). These stocks are Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL), Jarden Corp (NYSE:JAH), Acme United Corporation (NYSEAMEX:ACU), Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE), and Lifetime Brands Inc (NASDAQ:LCUT). This group of stocks are in the housewares & accessories industry and their market caps are similar to LBY’s market cap.