How do you pick the next stock to invest in? One way would be to spend hours of research browsing through thousands of publicly traded companies. However, an easier way is to look at the stocks that smart money investors are collectively bullish on. Hedge funds and other institutional investors usually invest large amounts of capital and have to conduct due diligence while choosing their next pick. They don’t always get it right, but, on average, their stock picks historically generated strong returns after adjusting for known risk factors. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the recent hedge fund activity surrounding A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS).
A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS) investors should pay attention to a decrease in support from the world’s most elite money managers recently. A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS) was in 7 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of September. There were 13 hedge funds in our database with A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS) positions at 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 BIOLASE Inc (NASDAQ:BIOL), FX Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:FXEN), and Golden Star Resources Ltd. (USA) (NYSEMKT:GSS) to gather more data points.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a look at the fresh action surrounding A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS).
What have hedge funds been doing with A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS)?
Heading into Q4, a total of 7 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were long this stock, a drop of 46% from the previous quarter. With hedgies’ sentiment swirling, there exists a few noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).
Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Raging Capital Management, managed by William C. Martin, holds the largest position in A M Castle and Co (NYSE:CAS). Raging Capital Management has a $10.3 million position in the stock, comprising 1.4% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Royce & Associates, managed by Chuck Royce, which holds a $5.4 million position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other members of the smart money that are bullish contain Wilmot B. Harkey and Daniel Mack’s Nantahala Capital Management, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management, and David Brown’s Hawk Ridge Management.