STR Holdings, Inc. (STRI): Insiders Aren’t Crazy About It But Hedge Funds Love It

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STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI)

Furthermore, it’s important to discuss the latest info surrounding STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI).

How have hedgies been trading STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI)?

At the end of the second quarter, a total of 8 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of 33% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their holdings considerably.

According to our 13F database, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI). Renaissance Technologies has a $1.8 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which held a $0.4 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedgies that hold long positions include Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

Now, certain money managers were breaking ground themselves. Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, initiated the most outsized position in STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI). Renaissance Technologies had 1.8 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates also made a $0.4 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new STRI investors: Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management, Ben Levine, Andrew Manuel and Stefan Renold’s LMR Partners, and D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI)?

Bullish insider trading is particularly usable when the primary stock in question has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

We’ll also examine the relationship between both of these indicators in other stocks similar to STR Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:STRI). These stocks are AEP Industries (NASDAQ:AEPI), Spartech Corporation (NYSE:SEH), Deswell Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSWL), China XD Plastics Co Ltd (NASDAQ:CXDC), and Core Molding Technologies, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:CMT). This group of stocks are the members of the rubber & plastics industry and their market caps are similar to STRI’s market cap.

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