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Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late. LPX was in 32 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the third quarter of 2016. There were 23 hedge funds in our database with LPX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare LPX to other stocks including Virgin America Inc (NASDAQ:VA), Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:LGND), and Grifols SA, Barcelona (NASDAQ:GRFS) to get a better sense of its popularity.
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With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent action encompassing Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX).
What have hedge funds been doing with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX)?
At the end of the third quarter, a total of 32 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a 39% jump from the previous quarter. Hedge fund ownership of the stock has doubled since the end of 2015, when just 16 hedge funds were long LPX. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a select group of key hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, holds the most valuable position in Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE:LPX). Adage Capital Management has a $89 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Millennium Management, managed by Israel Englander, which holds a $68.4 million position. Some other peers that hold long positions comprise Dmitry Balyasny’s Balyasny Asset Management, Ross Margolies’ Stelliam Investment Management and Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP.