What Smart Money Thinks about NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NCS)?

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Legendary investors such as Leon Cooperman and Seth Klarman earn enormous amounts of money for themselves and their investors by doing in-depth research on small-cap stocks that big brokerage houses don’t publish. Small cap stocks -especially when they are screened well- can generate substantial outperformance versus a boring index fund. That’s why we analyze the activity of those successful funds in these small-cap stocks. In the following paragraphs, we will analyze NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS) from the perspective of those successful funds.

Is NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS) an attractive investment right now? Hedge funds seem to be becoming more hopeful, since the number of bullish hedge fund bets that are revealed through the 13F filings went up by three last quarter. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with NCS positions at the end of September. At the end of this article we will also compare NCS to other stocks including Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC), ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO), and Seacor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CKH) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Now, let’s take a look at the new action regarding NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS).

How are hedge funds trading NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 23 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on NCI Building Systems, which represents an increase of 15% from the end of the second quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NCS over the last 5 quarters. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were upping their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the largest position in NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS), worth close to $27.4 million, accounting for less than 0.1%% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, with a $17.7 million position; the fund has less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors with similar optimism consist of Chuck Royce’s Royce & Associates, Peter Schliemann’s Rutabaga Capital Management 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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