This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS)

Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS) investors should pay attention to an increase in activity from the world’s largest hedge funds lately.

Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS)

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Keeping this in mind, we’re going to take a glance at the recent action surrounding Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS).

What have hedge funds been doing with Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS)?

At year’s end, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 50% from the third quarter. With hedgies’ capital changing hands, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes significantly.

Of the funds we track, Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors had the most valuable position in Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS), worth close to $84 million, accounting for 0.6% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Pivot Point Capital, managed by James A. Noonan, which held a $21 million position; the fund has 14.4% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other peers that hold long positions include John I. Dickerson’s Summit Global Management, Abby Flamholz and Yehuda Blinder’s ADAR Investment Management and Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management.

As one would reasonably expect, specific money managers have jumped into Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS) headfirst. Visium Asset Management, managed by Jacob Gottlieb, initiated the most valuable position in Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS). Visium Asset Management had 3 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Israel Englander’s Catapult Capital Management also initiated a $1 million position during the quarter. The following funds were also among the new WTS investors: Neil Chriss’s Hutchin Hill Capital, Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, and Israel Englander’s Millennium Management.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is most useful when the company in focus has experienced transactions within the past six months. Over the latest six-month time period, Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS) has seen zero unique insiders buying, and 4 insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by the aforementioned time-tested strategies, everyday investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading sentiment, and Watts Water Technologies Inc (NYSE:WTS) is an important part of this process.

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