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Hedge Funds Are Dumping Mesabi Trust (MSB)

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Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB) has seen a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money in recent months.

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Consequently, we’re going to take a gander at the recent action regarding Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB).

How are hedge funds trading Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 4 of the hedge funds we track held long positions in this stock, a change of -43% from the previous quarter. With hedge funds’ capital changing hands, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were increasing their stakes considerably.

Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB)Of the funds we track, Renaissance Technologies, managed by Jim Simons, holds the most valuable position in Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB). Renaissance Technologies has a $2.9 million position in the stock, comprising less than 0.1%% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Joel Greenblatt of Gotham Asset Management, with a $2.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining peers that hold long positions include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, John Overdeck and David Siegel’s Two Sigma Advisors and Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group.

Judging by the fact that Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB) has witnessed falling interest from the entirety of the hedge funds we track, it’s easy to see that there is a sect of funds that elected to cut their positions entirely last quarter. Intriguingly, D. E. Shaw’s D E Shaw dumped the biggest position of the “upper crust” of funds we monitor, comprising close to $0.4 million in stock.. Israel Englander’s fund, Millennium Management, also dropped its stock, about $0.3 million worth. These bearish behaviors are intriguing to say the least, as total hedge fund interest was cut by 3 funds last quarter.

What do corporate executives and insiders think about Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB)?

Insider purchases made by high-level executives is best served when the company we’re looking at has seen transactions within the past six months. Over the latest half-year time period, Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB) has seen zero unique insiders purchasing, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

Let’s check out hedge fund and insider activity in other stocks similar to Mesabi Trust (NYSE:MSB). These stocks are Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:GAIN), North European Oil Royalty (NYSE:NRT), KCAP Financial Inc (NASDAQ:KCAP), INTL Fcstone Inc (NASDAQ:INTL), and MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC). All of these stocks are in the diversified investments industry and their market caps are closest to MSB’s market cap.

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