ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT) was in 12 hedge funds' portfolio at the end of March. MT investors should be aware of an increase in hedge fund interest recently. There were 9 hedge funds in our database with MT positions at the end of the previous quarter.
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Now, let's take a glance at the latest action surrounding ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT).
In preparation for this quarter, a total of 12 of the hedge funds we track were bullish in this stock, a change of 33% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies' positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few notable hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings substantially.
According to our comprehensive database, Bart Baum's Ionic Capital Management had the biggest position in ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT), worth close to $122.1 million, accounting for 3.5% of its total 13F portfolio. On Ionic Capital Management's heels is Citadel Investment Group, managed by Ken Griffin, which held a $44.1 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other hedgies with similar optimism include Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors, Boaz Weinstein's Saba Capital and Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management.
Now, key money managers were breaking ground themselves. Ionic Capital Management, managed by Bart Baum, created the biggest position in ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT). Ionic Capital Management had 122.1 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Ken Griffin's Citadel Investment Group also made a $44.1 million investment in the stock during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Boaz Weinstein's Saba Capital, Matthew Hulsizer's PEAK6 Capital Management, and Jason Adler's AlphaBet Management.
Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company in focus has seen transactions within the past 180 days. Over the latest six-month time frame, ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT) has experienced zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).
Let's also review hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to ArcelorMittal (ADR) (NYSE:MT). These stocks are Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (ADR) (NYSE:SID), Gerdau SA (ADR) (NYSE:GGB), Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE), POSCO (ADR) (NYSE:PKX), and Tenaris S.A. (ADR) (NYSE:TS). This group of stocks are the members of the steel & iron industry and their market caps resemble MT's market cap.