ArcelorMittal SA (ADR) (NYSE:MT) shares are 7.9% higher this morning after Bloomberg reported that some analysts are speculating that the European Commission will extend its anti-dumping probe on imports of some forms of hot-rolled coil to additional countries other than China. Analysts at RBC Capital Markets cited reports that claim other countries such as Iran, Ukraine, Brazil, Russia, and Turkey could be probed too. If the probe is indeed true, the event could improve sentiment and send steel product prices higher. ArcelorMittal SA (ADR) (NYSE:MT), as the largest steel maker in the world, would clearly be one of the largest beneficiaries of improving steel prices.
ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT) investors should pay attention to an increase in hedge fund interest lately. At the end of the first quarter, a total of 21 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a 31% jump from the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH), and Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) to gather more data points.
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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Jonathan Barrett and Paul Segal’s Luminus Management has the largest position in ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT), worth close to $54.2 million, amounting to 1.8% of its total 13F portfolio. Sitting at the No. 2 spot is Adage Capital Management, managed by Phill Gross and Robert Atchinson, which holds a $36.6 million position; 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group and Christopher A. Winham’s Tide Point Capital.
On the next page we’ll look at some funds that took up positions in ArcelorMittal during Q1, as well as compare the stock to a handful of others with similar market caps.